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Agroecology Project Description

 

FFCC’s agroecology project in Haiti consists of two main programs: Community Agroecology and Food Security. These projects are all a part of FFCC’s goal of working directly with Haitians to improve agricultural production and long term food security.

 

Community Agroecology

 

Our community agroecology program focuses on working directly with farmers in the community. FFCC comes alongside them to tackle problems they are currently facing in their farms by using solutions applicable to smallholder farmers. We currently hold monthly community workshops to introduce novel practices and share local practices such as producing natural fertilizers, natural pest management, cover crops, plant spacing, and intercropping among other practices.

 

   

A workshop with farmers (left), Michel reading FFCC's brochure on natural fertilizers (middle), and Agronomist Maxon applying a natural pesticide to the experimental garden (right).

 

Natural pesticides that FFCC has used in Haiti as of August 2016

Species

Common Name

Extraction Method

Part Used

Natural Pesticide Uses

 

Azadirachta indica

Neem Tree

Boiled

Seeds

Used for Lime Swallowtail. Also for; European earwigs (Forficula auricular), Lepidoptera general insecticide

 

Gliricidia sepium

Quickstick

Soaked

Leaves

Used for Lime Swallowtail.

 

Lantana camara

Lantana

Steam distilled

Leaves

Sweet potato weevil (Cylas formicarus); Cabbage webworm; Brassica aphid(); Diamondback moth; Root-knot nematode (Meloigdoyne incognita);

 

Ricinus communis

Castor Bean

Fermentation, Oil Extraction

Seeds

Used for weevils in post-harvest storage and lime swallowtail. Common rhinocerous beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses), Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella)

 

Mammea americana

‘Abriko’

Seed powder

Seed

Used for lowering aflatoxins. Has anti-fungal properties.

 

Sodium Bicarbonate

Baking Soda

N/A

Powder

Alternaria bacteria in bean production.

 

Nicotiana

Tobacco

Soaked

Leaves

Crickets, aphids, caterpillars. General pesticide.

Cinnamomum

Cinnamon

Crushed and soaked

Bark

Ants

 

Food Security 

 

FFCC has shipped over 3 million nutritious packaged meals to Haiti over the past five years to help with food security. However, FFCC is transitioning its food security program to a more sustainable local food source.  

  To do this, FFCC developed a locally produced meal with comparable nutritional content to FFCC's original meal. FFCC's original meal (on the left) is made in the US and the locally produced meal (on the right) is made from 100% Haitian ingredients.

    

As a part of supporting the local agriculture and food security, FFCC has started two school feeding programs with locally purchased foods. These programs invest in the local economy and agriculture, create jobs, and feed children during school.

   Purchase: buying food in Haiti supports local farmers and merchants, unlike food aid that is donated.
   Employ: hiring local women gives them income to support their families and keep them united.
   Nourish: the food provides meals for local children so they can live healthier, are motivated to attend school, and learn better.

 

 

FFCC's agroecology project focuses on these two components but have also worked in a variety of other areas; relief work for farmers after Hurricane Matthew, internships, canal reparations, etc.

 

For a more detailed description of the agroecology project's achievements and goals, please contact Bryce Rauterkus for the 2017 project proposal. 

 

 

 

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