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October 7, 2016 | CBC Montreal

Radio Interview with Hugh Locke

 CBC host Sue Smith interviews Hugh Locke, President of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, about how rural communities have been affected by Hurricane Matthew, and what are the most appropriate immediate and long-term forms of help… listen here 


October 4, 2016 | Ecosystem Marketplace

Deforestation Leaves Haiti Especially Vulnerable to Hurricane Matthew

In this moonscape called Haiti, there is no place to hide from the 145-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rains measured in feet rather than inches that Hurricane Matthew brings as it grinds across the country, triggering… read more


October 3, 2016 | 3BL Media / Justmeans 

Timberland Wins for Most Effective International Investment at Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards

On Friday, September 30, 2016 outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland was honored at the Seventh Annual Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards as winner of the “Most Effective International Investment” category… read more


June 16, 2016 | Sustainable Brands 

Timberland Shares What ‘Activating Purpose’ Means to its Brand at 2016 Sustainable Brands Conference

Last week, global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland joined thought leaders, brand innovators, designers and business leaders from around the globe to explore how brands are Activating Purpose to scale impact… read more


May 30, 2016 | Eco-Business 

Can superfoods boost the planet’s health, too?

It can seem like new health food fads pop up every week — fads that often fade as quickly as they appear. Two gaining steam lately, though, may be worth a longer look: baobab and moringa… read more


May 9, 2016 | Food Tank 

Using Agroforestry to Save the Planet

Agroforestry—the use of trees in farming—benefits both farmers and the environment. According to a recent report by Biodiversity International, the Center for International Forestry Research, the World Agroforestry Centre… read more


April 28, 2016 | The Guardian 

In Haiti, a project to help farmers inspires a sustainable cotton movement

In 2010, just prior to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti, American shoe and apparel company Timberland announced it would plant 5m trees on the widely deforested and impoverished island. After the earthquake… read more


March 25, 2016 | Sourcing Journal 

Could Cotton Make a Comeback as a Haitian Export Crop?

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has teamed up with non-profit Impact Farming and Haiti-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) to explore the possibility of reintroducing cotton as an export crop in the Caribbean island… read more


March 8, 2016 | Business Wire 

Timberland Kicks Off National Tour of Documentary Film, “KOMBIT: The Cooperative”

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland announces the national tour of “KOMBIT: The Cooperative,” a documentary film chronicling a five-year project to reforest Haiti in partnership with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance… read more


February 22, 2016 | Haiti Libre 

Moringa and chocolate from Haiti on sale in the US

Two new products debuted this month in the U.S. at all Whole Foods Market stores nationwide, Kuli Kuli's Moringa Green Energy shots and Taza Chocolate's Stone Ground Haiti bar, and ingredients for both are sourced… read more


January 12, 2016 | BevNET 

Kuli Kuli to Debut Moringa Green Energy Shots at the Fancy Food Show

A cross between a green smoothie and a cup of coffee, Kuli Kuli’s Moringa Green Energy shots are shaking up a consumer market hungry for easy and tasty ways to get their veggies. The Green Energy shots were created… read more


October 30, 2015 | TakePart 

Could a Superfood Help Save Haiti’s Forests?

Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Northern Hemisphere, and trees, or the lack thereof, are part of the problem. After centuries of agricultural exploitation and the population’s demand for charcoal and fuel wood, 98 percent… read more


October 6, 2015 | Business Wire 

Timberland Celebrates Five Years of Economic and Environmental Progress in Haiti Resulting from Commitment to Plant Five Million Trees 

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today released “KOMBIT: The Cooperative,” a documentary film chronicling a five-year project to reforest Haiti in partnership with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance… read more


July 27, 2015 | Huffington Post 

Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier 

One-third of the world’s 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet’s arable land. For what sounds like a major… read more


March 11, 2015 | Huffington Post 

About Half The World’s Farmers Are Women, But Many Don’t Have Land, Modern Tools. Here’s Who’s Helping 

Across the globe, 805 million people are struggling with hunger. But that figure could be significantly reduced if female farmers just had the same rights as their male counterparts. Now that more men in rural areas… read more


March 6, 2015 | Entrepreneur 

Nonprofits, and Businesses, Can Be Self-Sustaining. Just Think 100 Years Ahead. 

Nonprofits continue to spring up that aim to raise and deploy capital with the intent to solve problems that affect many people. Commonly referred to as NGOs (non-governmental organizations… read more 


February 26, 2015 | Imperial Valley News 

101 Facts That Make Us Hopeful About the Future of Food 

Food Tank is highlighting stories of hope, innovation, and success in creating a better food system. From women’s land access in Chad and urban green spaces in Australia to chefs in… read more


February 22, 2015 | Haiti Libre

Visit of Bill Clinton in Haiti

Monday 23 and Tuesday, February 24 former President Bill Clinton will travel to Haiti to visit Clinton Foundation projects that are supporting the development and growth of Haitian businesses in the agricultural… read more


January 16, 2015 | Triple Pundit

Timberland Agroforestry Project Breaks Cycle of Poverty in Haiti (Part 2)

An innovative, five-year community agroforesty development project developed and carried out by Timberland, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) and Haitian farmers has proven successful… read more


January 15, 2015 | Triple Pundit

Deforestation Slows Economic Recovery in Haiti (Part 1)

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… read more


January 15, 2015 | Just Means

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

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… read more


January 12, 2015 | Clinton Foundation

Agriculture: The Heart of Haiti

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… read more


January 8, 2015 | Sustainable Brands

Timberland Reforestation Program Slowly Sowing Seeds of Change in Haiti

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… read more


October 9, 2014 | PR Newswire

Trees That Feed Foundation Plants 50,000th Food-bearing Tree To Fight Hunger in the Tropics

Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF) announced today that in just five years 50,000 food-bearing trees donated by the organization have been planted in Caribbean nations to help combat hunger and develop… read more


September 23, 2014 | PR Newswire

Commercial Moringa Production Study In Haiti

"It is hard to rein in the use of superlatives when describing the benefits of the Moringa oliefera tree, long known to rural Haitians for its highly nutritious leaves eaten raw or added to soup," said Hugh Locke… read more


December 5, 2013 | InterAksyon

Poor Haitians Raise $150 for Yolanda-hit Philippine Farmers

Their donation may be a drop in an ocean of billions in international aid, but dirt-poor Haitians who have known how difficult it is to recover from a cataclysm have pooled together $150 and donated... read more 


November 20, 2013 | Virgin Unite

Haiti farmers pull together to sow some hope in the Philippines

It is truly heart-warming to see the compassion and empathy expressed around the world towards all those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines... read more 


November 15, 2013 | Fordham University

Helping Haitians Help Themselves

About midway through delivering Fordham’s fall Gannon Lecture in the United Nation’s Delegates Dining Room on Nov. 15, author and humanitarian Hugh Locke paused to collect... read more


August 6, 2013 | Borgen Magazine

Can Smallholder Farming Reduce Poverty?

The agricultural industry has been marked by increased industrialization and new technologies in recent years, however, smallholder farmers still make up two billion of the world’s farmers... read more


July 29, 2013 | CNN International

CNN Profiles Haiti's Smallholder Farmers Alliance

CNN International's "Going Green" reports on how a group of farmers in Haiti—the Smallholder Farmers Alliance—is planting one million trees a year and bringing hope back to the country. The organization is sponsored by Timberland, with additional support from the Clinton Foundation… watch video


July 10, 2013 | CNN International

Can Family Farming Make Poverty History?

In Haiti, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), a cooperative of 2,000 farmers started in 2010, has established tree nurseries planting one million trees a year in a country which has lost 98 percent of its trees to deforestation. The SFA provides high quality seeds... read more


July 5, 2013 | CNN International

Can Planting Trees Fight Natural Disasters?

Philippe Cousteau joins Smallholder Farmers Alliance for a day of tree planting in an area prone to floods in Haiti... watch video


July 4, 2013 | CNN International

Planting a Million Trees a Year

In a rural area near Gonaives, two thousand Haitian farmers are planting millions of trees and reaping real benefits... watch video


July 2, 2013 | CNN International

Haiti's Greener Future: From Devastation to Hope

CNN's "Going Green" team recently visited Haiti to see firsthand the environmental challenges the country is faced with today. Whether it be politics, poverty, the economy, natural disasters or environmental degradation, Haiti is a country whose myriad problems have been felt for years... read more


June 14, 2013 | Food Tank

Food Cooperatives in Haiti: A Chance to Advance

The food aid the poured into Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010 fed thousands of Haitians who lost their homes and income. But the flood of food and seed donations eventually... read more 


April 24, 2013 | Clinton Foundation

Transforming Agroforestry in Haiti

Growing up on a farm in Haiti, I saw my father working very hard but having a difficult time making a good living. I eventually realized that he was working without any technical support, and I decided to study agronomy so that I could provide that support to other farmers. I also came to... read more


March 18, 2013 | Haitilibre

Positive impact for the SFA Cooperative of Gonaïves

During the recent visit in Haiti, of the Agricultural Investment Delegation, led by former President Bill Clinton, the latter visited the tree nursery of the cooperative Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) of Gonaïves. On this occasion, the Clinton Foundation, announced a $150,000 grant.... read more


March 15, 2013 | Clinton Foundation

Brewing a Better Future by Investing in Haiti's Agriculture

A little over a year ago we acquired the BRANA brewery, making BRANA an official part of the HEINEKEN footprint. HEINEKEN is active in many emerging markets, like Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico and Thailand. For us it is absolutely imperative and a key requirement to.... read more


March 12, 2013 | Haitilibre

Visit of Bill Clinton, Important Economic Benefits

During his fourth visit of investments in Haiti, former President Bill Clinton, accompanied by a delegation composed of several businessmen and businesswomen foreigners working in various fields, including agriculture and representatives of multinationals, Bill Clinton announced... read more


March 11, 2013 | Clinton Foundation

Clinton Foundation Announces More than $700,000 in Grants to Haiti Agricultural Sector

Today, the Clinton Foundation announced over $700,000 in targeted grants in support of agriculture, energy and the environment. These commitments will create new jobs, diversify products, develop new technologies and programs, and provide outreach and training... read more


February 15, 2013 |

Aid Worker Proposes Solution to Break Haiti's Vicious Cycle of Poverty

For the past three years Hugh Locke has been conducting an unusual experiment in Haiti, creating a new development model for a people who have known profound hardships for many years – and who are facing a headwind of more misery this year... read more

February 15, 2013 | JustMeans CSR News

Nature Needs for Social Innovation Heroes Like Timberland

It has been three years since the destructive earthquake struck the island of Haiti.  During this time,Timberland's social innovation efforts have helped plant 2.2 million trees in the rural area surrounding Gonaives, providing food, fuel and shelter... read more


February 5, 2013 | The Ecologist

Frontline Online: Millions of Trees Improve Life in Haiti

The Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on news and action from the environmental frontline.... Haiti seems to have more than its fair share of environmental disasters, with a massive earthquake and severe hurricanes affecting the country in the last three years alone... read more


January 28, 2013 | CNBC

Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, and Counting

Three years after committing to plant 5 million trees in five years, Timberland shares progress of improved environmental, economic and social conditions in the rural region near Gonaives, Haiti.  In partnership with a local non-governmental organization, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance... read more


January 28, 2013 | Forbes

Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, and Counting

In the three years since a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti, Timberland has helped plant 2.2 million trees in the rural area surrounding Gonaives. Timberland partnered with Smallholder Farmers Alliance, a local non-governmental organization... read more