Recognising that agriculture in Haiti is extremely undervalued, our Christine Farm aims to change this.
Established in 2010, the Christine Farm trains hundreds of people in the strongest farming practice and supports them to sell their produce on the market. It is located in the Cavaillon Valley, a rural area near the towns of Cavaillon and Les Cayes in the south of Haiti.
The Christine Farm involves four interdependent areas: a Farm which employs 18 local people; a Training Centre which teaches farm management and techniques; a Research and Experimental Facility which grows a variety of crops to identify the most successful; and a Seed Bank which sells high-quality seeds to local farmers at a nominal fee.
Hundreds of local farmers benefit from training and learn the latest techniques in planting, irrigation, fertilisation, crop rotation, farm management, and more. Students from the agricultural college in Les Cayes also visit the farm every week to gain hands-on experience and build on their education.
Most farms in Haiti reach just 3-4 acres, and are tended mostly by hand or animal power, while many farmers never receive any formal training before, leading to crop failure or poor production levels. Our training changes this by teaching farmers which crops best suit the soil and climate in the area, promoting crop diversity, introducing new techniques, and identifying ways in which farmers can maximise the use of their land and resources.
By promoting new agricultural approaches through the Christine Farm and its wider communities, this programme is supporting people to develop their livelihoods and embed a valuable model of farming in Haiti.