WHAT WE DO
- Exit Strategy Aid: agricultural projects that have not planned for their exit from the outset are doing a disservice to farmers by creating a dependency rather than building the capacity for self-reliance.
- Trees as Bio-Currency: making trees more valuable in the ground than cut for charcoal by having farmer-members of SFA cooperatives plant trees in order to earn the seed, tools and training required for higher crop quality and yields.
- Supporting Women Farmers: equal but separate membership in SFA for husband and wife farming partners, in addition to a micro-credit program that is exclusively for women farmers and includes leadership and business training.
- Promoting Organic Agriculture: SFA uses an ecological production management system that builds good soil, enhances biodiversity and uses no chemical inputs.
- one million trees planted per year (24 different species and varieties)
- 3,200 farmer-members cultivating around 2,500 hectares of cropland
- increased crop yields up to 50% depending on the crop
- average farm livelihoods increase by 30 to 50%
- 6 national staff / 53 field staff / 21 part-time field staff
- launched January, 2010
- Farmer Cooperatives: establishing agroforestry cooperatives that, after a three-year incubation with external funding and training, become farmer-managed and self-financed social businesses with a triple bottom line: planting trees, increasing food production and improving farm livelihoods.
- Moringa Commercial Study: publishing a virtual handbook for everyone from farmers to exporters to government officials interested in ensuring that the moringa tree becomes a new agricultural export for Haiti.
- Smallholder Moringa Consortium (in development): establishing a consortium of smallholder farmer groups to grow and process moringa leaves into powder and extract oil from the seeds—both for export.
- Kay Plantè: a social business providing goods and services to smallholder farmers and area residents that began with an agricultural supply store and wholesale food operation, with additional components to be added over the next year.
- Lekòl Plantè: SFA is part of a pilot for a new micro-franchise model of adult literacy training for smallholder being led by Fonkoze.
- School Gardens (in development): creating a network of model school gardens to encourage others to grow vegetables for hot meal programs, improve nutrition and introduce new curriculum about the environment and tree planting.