Southern Fruit Producers and Vendors Association
Improve the quality of life for small holder farmers and create a sustainable economy with access to fair trade markets by addressing the underlying economic, social, and environmental issues that have contributed over the years to the depletion of tree cover, soil erosion, degradation of the watersheds and to a loss of income for local producers.
Our organization can't solve the isssue of farmers economic insecurity and the degration of our environment alone but together we can make a difference. Join us today to bring about a paradigm shift in how this issue is addressed - from a top down approach to one that puts farmers at the center of the solution for a sustainable change.
Macaya Park Reforestation Project
Haiti is one of the most environmentally degraded countries in the world with only less than 2 percent of its forest cover remaining. The reason for this is complex but it is so intractable today because millions of trees are cut each year to produce charcoal, the primary source of energy for the country and often the main source of income for impoverished farmers.
Over the past thirty years, more than $100 million has been spent on reforestation projects with little result. These projects floundered primarily because they lacked input and buy-in from local farmers like us and did not acknowledge and build on our traditional knowledge or try to understand how we make our decisions.
Building on our 16 years experience and our success reforesting denuded farms in the South department using high-value fruit trees, we will implement a four-year long organic (shade) cocoa agroforestry demonstration project to help reforest 100 hectares of land in appropriate areas in and around Macaya National Park in Southern Haiti to benefit at least 200 farming families who are currently eager to participate. If successful, this project will be replicated in all appropriate areas of the park and the affected Saut Mathurine and Ravine du Sud watersheds.
With your support, participating farmers will have access to agroforestry training; locally-sourced inputs; farming equipment and infrastructure; and national and international markets to sell their produce at rates that allow them to live from their land in a dignified way, while improving and keeping the tree cover that restores our environment.