The Southern Fruit Producers and Vendors Association or ASPVEFS from our French acronym is a grassroot small holder farmers association located in Haiti's South Department. We want to 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.
Founded in 1999 by 20 farmers, our association currently boasts 1,141members, 35 percent of whom are women. We range over 15 municipalities that cover 492,091 hectares of land. Since our founding, we have primarily pooled our resources to plant, grow, and harvest high value fruit trees, helping to reforest denuded hills and farms in the department as well as leverage access to markets, enabling us to sell our fruits at competitive prices and raise our income.
We have worked with a number of organizations both local and international including the Organization for the Rehabilitation of the Environment (ORE), Agronomists and Veterinairians without Borders (AVSF), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Association of Haitians Living in Bordeaux, France (LAKAY), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Our Past Projects: a Snapshot