Today, the level of deforestation in Haiti has jumped to 98% from only 40% in the 1960s.
Deforestation deepens food insecurity and remains a critical challenge in alleviating poverty in Haiti, as it leads to soil degradation, water scarcity, and decreased farming income.
Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, our Forestry Programme aims to tackle it, leading to the planting of over 5,250 trees on Île à Vache in September 2017: 350 farming families each received 15 trees for crops such as mango, cherries, oranges, moringa, and citron.
As well as providing the new trees and plants themselves, the programme also offers training opportunities to all the farmers receiving them. It begins with an agronomist training local technicians, who then support the families during the planting and growing stages. Four agricultural technicians and two agricultural agents then manage the grafting of trees to ensure the strong and continued growth of crops.
In 2018, we will continue to train and support the participating farmers, as well as giving practical training sessions in this area to wider members of the community.
This programme helps to teach the value that trees and forestry have for food security and environmental sustainability, and plays it part in combating the serious problem of deforestation in Haiti.