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Monday
Sep022013

Experiencing Haiti for the First Time

Luke Freeman (center) with Smallholder Farmers Alliance members Philippe and
Michelle Monpramier at their farm near Gonaives, Haiti.
By Luke Freeman

As my second to last year of college came to an end I reflected on the experiences that I have had which would assist me in achieving my life and career goals. I came to realize that as an International Business major, with minors in both Political Science and Spanish, I have yet to truly immerse myself into another culture. Over the past few

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Monday
Aug052013

CNN's Recent Profile of Smallholder Farmers Alliance on YouTube

Check out CNN International's coverage of our work in Haiti on YouTube. This broadcast shows how the Smallholder Farmers Alliance transforms small-scale farmers in Haiti into self-financing and self-managed social businesses with a triple bottom line:

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Monday
Aug052013

Portrait of a Haitian Woman Farmer 

Mercilie Romeus, a member of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti, in
front of her home.
“My life situation has shifted for the better,” says Mercilie Romeus, adding proudly, “I now have a dream and I know how to protect that dream.” She spoke recently of her success both as a woman farmer and as a leader within the farming community of Mapou, located a few miles north of the Haitian city of Gonaives.
 

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Sunday
Aug042013

As Cost of Importing Food Soars, Jamaica Turns to the Earth

Students feeding chickens before class at Rennock Lodge All-Age School in east
Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: Andrea Bruce for The New York Times.
Reprint from New York Times by Damien Cave

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The scent of coconut oil and fiery jerk spice blows through kitchens across this green island, but as the country’s food imports have become a billion-dollar threat to finances and health, Jamaica has taken on a bold new strategy: make farming patriotic and ubiquitous, behind homes, hospitals, schools, even prisons.

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Friday
Jul262013

Tourism Can Help Haiti Return to its Halcyon Days

Haiti's carnival of flowers in Port-au-Prince last year. The three-day festival celebrates new beginnings and the revitalisation of the island. Photograph: Dieu Nalio Chery/APReprint from Guardian Poverty Matters Blog by Prospery Raymond

Haiti proclaimed its independence in 1804, the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to do so. Despite having to pay an extortionate independence fee, equivalent to $21bn (£14bn) in today's money, it was a relatively prosperous and peaceful place to live.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Smallholder Farmers Alliance to be Featured on CNN International

Haiti’s "greener and brighter future" will be explored by Philippe Cousteau in a CNN International special program Going Green on Friday, July 5 at 16:30 GMT (and repeated several times over the following week). Check out Philippe's photo diary from filming in Haiti. The work of two organizations will be featured in this special—the Smallholder Farmers Alliance’s agroforestry cooperative and its 2,000 member farmers near Gonaives, and an urban garden in the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil run by SAKALA

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Tuesday
Jun252013

History of Agricultural Self-Reliance in Haiti

People often make the mistake of thinking that because Haiti is in such dire straits now, it must always have been that way. Nothing could be farther from the truth, and this is particularly the case with agriculture.

As historians Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson noted in an op-ed in the New York Times last year (“Haiti Can Be Rich Again,” January 8, 2012), “it is easy to forget that, for most of the 19th century, Haiti was a site of agricultural innovation, productivity and economic success.”

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Drought, Poor Harvest to Worsen Haiti Food Crisis - WFP

A boy from a family made homeless by the 2010 earthquake stands inside one of
385 informal tent cities in the Delmas suburb of Port-au-Prince, on April 18, 2013.
REUTERS/Marie Arago
Reprint from Thomson Reuters Foundation

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An estimated 1.5 million Haitians face hunger because of poor harvests and rising food prices, as the Caribbean nation continues to reel from a series of natural disasters, says the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).

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