Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education
But this is the problem in most of Haiti.
The mountainsides Haitian families live on this and it is all they have, it is their livelihood and sustenance. They cultivate them many times a year trying to get crops off them.
The mountainsides are eroding away and nothing to stop the water so it can soak in to become groundwater.
The loss of trees and bare ground also contributes to a change in weather patterns that actually contributes to droughts.
Something has to be done but we cannot tell them they have to stop growing food on them or they would starve.
We developed The 3-step program for mountainside gardening
This long term program's goal is to provide more food while conserving their resources.
Vetiver hedgerows when planted correctly will make it's own compost and builds it's own terrace. Bamboo can also be used in steep gullies but when land levels vetiver should be planted to hole back remaining silt. Benefits:
Nothing will replenish the soil like vetiver saves it but once it is saved we have to add nutrients and composition to hold moisture and micro-organisms.
To replenish soil use nitrogen fixing trees and plants, also we must let the people plant what they need between the vetiver rows.
Shortly after we came up with this 3 step program we found this article that showed us know we were on the right path.
Senior Agroforestry Officer, Agency for International Development.…
It is also has works of Soil Management Collaborative Research Support Program/Texas A&M University
Shallow grades better for gardens, mix legumes with Pitimi, mayi etc.
Once terraces established with heavy humas you can replace plants like leucaena to plant fruit trees that will flourish.
In Gris Gris we have a great bunch of leaders who we stay in contact with over the satellite Internet.
Our chairman of the group is Fidor Coquillon the hardest worker I have ever seen and farms more land than anyone in the area.
ACDI VOCA told us they use Fidor as the model that they strive for the other farmers to become like for their program!
Our Short Term goals are to create more food and conserve their resorces more immediately which can grow on the tops of the mountains they live on.