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Smallholder Farmers Alliance Blog

Monday
Jan262015

How we can help smallholders feed the world

REPRINT > Greta Verburg at World Economic Forum / Jan 14, 2015

The world’s population is expected to number more than 9 billion people by 2050, and to feed them agriculture will have to grow by 60%. It’s an expansion that can only be fuelled by investment – to the tune of $83 billion.

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Thursday
Jan152015

Agriculture: The Heart of Haiti

REPRINT > by Timote Georges from Clinton Foundation Blog

Agriculture is the heart and soul of Haiti. We are a nation of farmers, with an estimated more than two million smallholder farms throughout Haiti. The most important development over the last five years has been the growing understanding and support for the role of the smallholder farmer as a cornerstone of the economy. With the support of domestic and international partners and important networks such as the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network, Haiti’s agriculture sector is being revived and there is a growing sense of optimism in rural areas as resources begin to shift to reinforce agriculture.

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Thursday
Jan152015

How Planting Trees in Haiti Put Kids in School: The Timberland Story

REPRINT > by Julie Fahnestock at Justmeans.com / Jan 15, 2015

When’s the last time you walked into your yard or cal park, looked up at the trees, and in the same thought, gave thanks for the education of your children?

It’s not a correlation I’ve ever made. But it is to Gustave, a smallholder farmer from Gonaïves, Haiti. Trees are sending his five kids to school. Three of the five are attending high school, analogous to attending Harvard in the United States. Only five percent of children attend high school in Haiti and Gustave’s three children are the first in his family to make it this far.  Trees are making this happen.

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Thursday
Jan152015

Deforestation Slows Economic Recovery in Haiti

REPRINT > by Andrew Burger of Triple Pundit / Jan 15, 2015

Haiti has long been plagued by natural catastrophes as well as political-economic strife. Looking to break a cycle of poverty and environmental degradation, multinational businesses, multilateral development banks, foreign aid agencies, non-governmental organizations and local communities are working to help put Haiti on the path to recovery from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

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Thursday
Jan082015

Timberland Reforestation Program Slowly Sowing Seeds of Change in Haiti

REPRINT > by Leon Kaye of Sustainable Brands / Jan 8, 2015

Timberland has long been one of the more proactive and socially responsible companies within the apparel industry, and this commitment has continued since its acquisition in 2011 by the multinational VF Corporation. The outdoor gear company has launched a bevy of social responsibility programs across the globe and reports on its environmental, social and governance progress quarterly. Now, leading up to the five-year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, the company is promoting the work it has done to help the Caribbean nation rebuild.

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Friday
Dec192014

Celebration of Trees in Haiti

Trees are part of seasonal holiday celebrations in many parts of the world, but in Haiti they are also being used by farmers to earn their way out of poverty. 

The country's current political turmoil may be in the limelight, but there is another story from Haiti worthy of headlines: thousands of small-scale farmers are using a new business model to help feed and reforest the nation.

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Saturday
Nov292014

Driving the Seam of Hispaniola

A view near the Dominican town of Sabana Real, close to the Haitian border.
Photo Credit: Amadeo Escarramán for The New York Times.

Reprinted from New York Times, article by Julia Alvarez

I’ve never liked the idea of bucket-list travel. Why make another to-do list when faced with your own mortality?

But there is one trip I’ve wanted to make since so far back I can’t remember when I first became fascinated by the idea: traveling down the border that separates my home­land, the Dominican Republic, from its neighbor, Haiti, sharing the island of Hispaniola.

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Thursday
Oct302014

Forget Kale. Try These Three REAL Superfoods

Drumstick herb or Moringa oleifera. Credit: Getty Images.

Reprinted from Time, article by Josh Schonwald.

They can purify water, feed a family of four for 50 years, and help combat climate change — and you've probably never heard of them.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of kale. But kale is absolutely, positively not a superfood. 

A superfood is high in protein, low in fat, gluten-free, loaded with omega-3s, bursting with antioxidants and overflowing with folate, fiber and phytonutrients. But the vast majority of what gets called a superfood these days should be called “health food.” Yes, health food is a perfectly suitable descriptor for goji berries, pomegranates and chia seeds.

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