Hurricane Matthew Recovery Response

The focus of this first phase of the program is to contribute to the agricultural recovery of farming households who were affected by Hurricane Matthew, which struck southern Haiti in October 2016. This will lay the basis for longer term agricultural capacity-building and resiliency capacity-building. Woven through the planned programming over the next two years is the core concept of enhancing resilience. This will be done through the promotion of appropriate inputs in this first six month recovery track that will begin providing enhanced year round livelihood opportunities (new and different crops, drought-resistant and crops, changing seasonal harvest patterns through grafting, etc.). After this first proposed project, the stewardship, cultivation and management of these inputs will then be taught and reinforced as part of the second eighteen month resilience track. The main community delivery mechanism through which these results will be achieved will be the community-based cooperative associations that will bring agricultural benefits to families as well as provide an avenue for community members to work together collectively.

Cost: $211,415 CAD
Term: April 2017- March 2019
Funder/Partner: World Renew/CFGB (Canadian Food Grains Bank)
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Exploratory Assessment and Poultry Pilot in Gonaives

FIDA/pcH is contracted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to undertake a pilot poultry project for five families in Gonaives. Chicken meat is the most affordable source of protein in many countries around the world. In Haiti, it is consumed by the majority of the population and is the most popular source of protein after herring. With the ban imposed on the import of chickens from the Dominican Republic, the Haitian poultry industry is experiencing an economic opportunity. The five families will be selected from the membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gonaives.  A member or members of each family will be trained on broiler production techniques and will be trained on the following topics:

  •  The production of broiler chickens
  •  Traditional preparation of broiler feed
  •  The use of poultry droppings as fertilizer
  •  The marketing of broilers

At the end of 4 months, the participants will have completed two cycles of broiler chickens, and can anticipate a 25%  increase in their business. They will have acquired a competency in the management and production of broiler chickens, and will be able to identify the various symptoms of the common diseases of broiler chickens. Prior to launching the pilot an Exploratory Visit will be undertaken to have a better understanding and knowledge of the capacity of the participants.

Cost: $15,000 USD
Term: 2017
Funder/Partner: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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UN FAO Exploratory Assessment in Abricots and Bonbon

The purpose of the exploratory assessment is to determine the capacity of community members of Abricots and Bonbon, to establish a pilot based on an agroforestry model, and a cooperative model based on bee production. The methodology utilizes active listening, observation and understanding the obstacles and and cultural barriers that may limit economic development. FAO desires to develop actions to support these communities by facilitating the implementation of community nurseries based on a sustainable agroforestry model and managed by and strengthened by a local cooperative structure. It is anticipated that these actions will directly impact the agricultural sector in these communities such as beekeeping, fruit processing and cocoa.

Cost: $4,726
Term: 2017
Funder/Partner: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FIDA
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Relief Response to Hurricane Matthew

Following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, FIDA/pcH partnered with World Renew and Canada Food Grains Bank to deliver short -term relief to 1600 families that suffered complete loss of home and livelihood. The project includes an extensive survey of over 3,000 households. It is advised the relief should not etend beyond three months in order to mitigate long term dependency. Toward this end, seeds will be provided for the upcoming planting season.

Cost: $660,000 USD
Term: November 2016-February 2017
Funder/Partner: World Renew/CFGB (Canada Food Grains Bank)
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Nutrition Project

The focus of this project was to educate mothers on providing proper care and nutrition for their children. This included culinary classes twice a week, a water treatment product being distributed to children who have scabies, and receiving proper treatment and medication. During the project, there were 4 screening sessions using the brachial perimeter. Two were in Lescave and two were in Duchity. During each session, mothers are asked what they want to feed their child in the following session.  The recipe will be discussed and the nutritional value of each ingredient will be explained. Prior to the following session, two women will purchase the necessary ingredients for the meal. While one group will do the cooking together, the other group will clean up afterwards. Before eating the meal prepared, a song is always sung almost like a prayer. With the help of another sponsor, following up on the project would be made possible.  This would allow for the children taking part to have 15 consecutive days of a balanced diet, successfully curing malnutrition.

Cost: $16,000 CAD
Term: November 2016 – January 2017
Funder/Partner: World Accord
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Response to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew devastated three cooperatives in the Grand Anse Department of Haiti, representing over 3000 members. FIDA/pcH is able to respond through support received from a number of current partners.  Initial response allows us to deliver food kits and emergency shelter.

The distribution can be completed in a fair and equitable manner because of the values and principles that cooperatives are trained in such as: democracy, participation, gender equity, accountability and transparency. We are proud of the leadership these cooperatives provide in their communities and appreciative of our donors and partners whose investment continues to be affirmed.

Cost: $152,000 CAD
Term: October-December 2016
Funder/Partner: World Renew, World Accord, Crossroads Christian Communication, Hope International, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, Semiahmoo Rotary Club, Cambridge North Rotary Club, and other significant donors.
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Increasing Cooperative Member Capacity Through Adult Literacy

The intent of this program is to strengthen the capacity of women and men farmers to enable greater trust, confidence and self-awareness for the greater benefit of families and the community. The program offers a three-level curriculum in Kreyòl with each level being a nine-month term and covers the following areas of learning:

  • Knowledge and application of the notions of oral communication, written and artistic
  • Knowledge and application of essential concepts in mathematics
  • Knowledge and skills in experimental sciences
  • Knowledge, awareness and skills related to their environment
  • Knowledge and ability in protection of the environment
  • Knowledge and ability in business management
  • Ability to transfer skills and to create wealth
  • Knowledge and ability to respect the rights of others and to perform civic duties responsibly
  • Capacity to transmit learned values
  • Ability to exercise decision-making power within groups and/or community.

The project presently includes 737 men and women.

Cost: $233,929 USD
Term: October 2016-October 2019
Funder/Partner: Gaylea Foundation, FIDA USA,  Semiahmoo Rotary Club and other significant donors.
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Assessing Capacity of Agricultural Cooperatives in Haiti

FIDA/pcH is contracted to assess the capacity and potential of existing cooperatives in Haiti to produce crops for large-scale export and local consumption. Cooperatives will be evaluated in terms of their institutional strength and capacity, their adherence to the Seven International Principles of Cooperative, their current challenges and strengths. Cooperatives must be registered with Haiti’s National Council of Cooperatives. Approximately, 28 cooperatives will be selected representing about 10% of all registered agricultural cooperatives in Haiti.

Cost: $55,000 USD
Term: April-June 2016
Funder/Partner: InterAmerica Development Bank



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Strengthening the Capacity of Seed Bank Cooperatives in Fon Batis

Even though cooperatives in the Fon Batis have been long established, their growth has been limited due to their lack of access to agricultural credit for their members and capital credit for the business. Despite these challenges a level of organizational structure has been maintained and they remain in compliance with cooperative operating principles. Without external support, many cooperatives are unable to advance or fulfill the main objectives for which they were created. While they have a certain economic stability that allows them to continue to operate, they do not have sufficient structures in place to rise to a higher organizational level. In addition, the agricultural sector as a whole in Haiti is being challenged to source appropriate seed or even to source seed at all sufficient to meet the demand. This project proposes to strengthen two cooperatives in the Fon Batis area of Haiti:Coopérative Lumière Chinchiron (COLUC) and Coopérative L’union Peyisan Calouis(CUPEC); to provide funding and support for income-generating activities for members and to the cooperative organizations which will include the establishing of seed banks.

Cost: $349,082 USD
Term: 2016-2018
Funder/Partner: Premier Equipment Ltd., Hope International Development Agency, other significant donors
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Haiti Urban Gardens Project

To test the viability of a program that reaches out to women to develop urban gardens in some of the most marginalized areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In this pilot project, 75 urban residents will take part in a demonstration garden, learn horticulture production techniques, and learn how to use environmentally sustainable technologies suited to cities, such as rainwater harvesting and household waste management. Participants will learn to cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, roots, tubers, and herbs in small spaces such as patios, balconies, and rooftops. Through cultivation of these micro-gardens, low income families will be able to meet their basic dietary needs for vitamins, minerals, and plant protein by gaining direct access to fresh, nutritious vegetables every day. Families will also earn extra income from the sale of small surpluses.

Cost: $59,000 USD
Term: Fifteen months
Funder/Partner: Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
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