Haiti Reconstruction

Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education

Robert Fairchild
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Robert Fairchild left a comment for Jhenny Saint-surin
"Sorry about the spam from Abiola. Somebody didn't Google her before deciding about her membership request. I suspended her for spam when I checked her out."
Jun 15, 2016
Robert Fairchild left a comment for Chloe Azria
"Byenvini Chloe,  Please tell us more about your work in Haiti with  http://www.rapinofoundation.org/ Thanks,  Bob"
May 19, 2016
Robert Fairchild commented on Mike Mahowald's page Road Reconstruction
"Some time ago I got a copy of Les Routes en Terre through interlibrary loan. I photocopied it and hope to eventually scan it and make it available to Haitian Civil Engineers."
Feb 4, 2016
Robert Fairchild commented on Mike Mahowald's page Goat project
"Hydroponics is probably too high tech for the Haitian countryside. The system would also be completely dependent on imported seed."
Oct 16, 2015
Robert Fairchild commented on Mike Mahowald's page Goat project
"The AgroDoks are no longer available for free from Agromisa. You can get the English version free at: http://www.ruaf.org/sites/default/files/Goat keeping in the tropics.pdf I have the French version. Let me know if you want it by leaving a…"
Oct 2, 2015
Robert Fairchild commented on Mike Mahowald's page Goat project
"I think that improving goat production in Haiti will require a change in management practices. Managed pasture and/or managed cut and carry systems (either can include grass and forage legumes, as well as trees/shrubs managed for forage production)…"
Oct 2, 2015
Robert Fairchild left a comment for Andrew Harnack
"Hey Andrew,  I live in Berea. I've been to Haiti with Christian Flights International, http://christianflights.org/ office near Danville but many of the main people live in Richmond.  Bob"
Sep 24, 2015
Robert Fairchild commented on Mike Mahowald's page Vetiver pellet mill & business opportunities!
"Paul,  Not as far as we know. Joel Ducasse has a hammermill and pellet mill in Archahaie but last I was there (~2 years ago?) he wasn't using them.  VivaRio has a big pelletizer (~2" pucks) in PaP but apparently isn't…"
Aug 10, 2015
Robert Fairchild left a comment for Phillip Gaertner
"Phillip,  Byenvini! Some time ago I posted you pig eradication and repopulation essay at:: http://haitireconstruction.ning.com/page/pig-project  "Rechobert""
May 31, 2015
Fabienne left a comment for Robert Fairchild
"Hi Robert, Thank you for the welcome! I'm excited to be part of this wonderful community. Our ultimate goal is to manufacture the bagasse containers and plant starch cutlery in Haiti, But, the costs of doing so is out of our reach at the…"
Mar 17, 2015
Robert Fairchild left a comment for Fabienne
"Byenvini Fabienne,  Please tell us more about your biodegradable packaging business: http://www.haiti-green.com/  Is there any prospect for manufacturing bagasse based food containers in Haiti? We'd love to see something replace…"
Mar 15, 2015
Robert Fairchild replied to Sherry Dwire's discussion Cookstoves for Haiti?
"Sherry, A rocket stove is best for sticks and split wood fuel. A TLUD requires small very dry chunks of biomass  (no bigger than ping pong ball size). Briquettes are an in between fuel best burned in a stove designed for them,…"
Mar 10, 2015
Robert Fairchild commented on Brian Cady's blog post Lablab as edible erosion control
"Lablab is pwa nouris (nurse bean) in Creole. "Rongai", a forage variety, is available from Hancock Seeds: http://www.hancockseed.com/application-area-239/forage-and-crop-seed-278/lab-lab-seed-355/"
May 6, 2014
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May 6, 2014
Robert Fairchild commented on Robert Fairchild's page Pig Project
"Legume hay (soybean or cowpea, (Lablab would probably be similar)) has been successfully used in Cuba as a protein source with sugar cane juice as the energy source. (Pigs can also be fed finely chopped cane (~1-2" long pieces), they'll…"
Apr 20, 2014
Robert Fairchild commented on Mike Mahowald's page Chicken project
"Tree leaves are another alternative. Leucaena, Morus alba, and Moringa leaves can be fed to chickens. These can be dried and ground to make it easier for the chickens to eat. Up to 10% of any of these leaves in feed should not cause any problems.…"
Apr 20, 2014

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Haiti’s Tragedy of Toilets

Apparently one of the most popular toilet techniques in Gros Morne, and possibly in towns and cities all across Haiti, is the bag and toss. This is also known as the flying toilet. People defecate in plastic bags and then throw the bags in the nearest ditch, vacant lot, or other convenient place. This is, of course, very unsanitary as well as a waste of organic matter and nutrients. (How difficult…


Posted on September 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments


A big problem in Haiti is deforestation. Trees are cut for cooking fuel, to make charcoal for cooking fuel in town, and to clear land for cultivation of food crops. Much of the Haitian countryside is very steep. Haiti experiences torrential rain from tropical storms and hurricanes. This combination leads to the loss of topsoil, lack of water infiltration, fast runoff of rainwater, erosion, and flooding. It’s a vicious cycle. How can this problem be…


Posted on August 16, 2010 at 11:30am

Haiti's Tragedy of Trash

Haiti’s Tragedy of Trash

We were out the other day with some engineers from Catholic Relief Services to look at a widening ravine running into the river on the edge of Gros Morne. If it gets much wider, several houses will fall into the river. What I saw spoke to me of simple solutions to a problem in Haiti. The ravine was covered with trash. Organic waste included banana stalks, corncobs, coconut husks, paper, and corrugated boxes.…


Posted on August 12, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

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At 11:37am on January 21, 2011, Karsten Gjefle - SuSan Design said…
We are looking forward to start working in Haiti with our fecal sludge treatment process that assures quality agricultural inputs that are safe. We hope to start up in Feb. Last week we had meetings in Haiti with possible partners - we are still looking for partnerships in terms of reuse of the material... not to far from PauP during the first phase - any contacts for us ? best regards, Karsten
At 8:56am on April 11, 2011, Mike Mahowald said…

Thanks so much for all you are doing!  I really appreiciate the help you found for chickens in Kreole!   I added it to our chicken project page.  I really know little about chickens other than like most animals more suseptable to diseases when penned up in close confines.  

At 10:44pm on October 2, 2012, Jim Dauster said…

Hey Bob,

Nice to virtually meet ya. I've been researching gasifier stoves recently. Just built my first small one, looking at bigger systems.

I'm headed down to Limbe for two months in January. Send me an e-mail at jimdauster@gmail.com, I'd love to pick your brain about some stuff.


At 9:25am on August 19, 2013, Bill Mebane said…

Bob, glad to part of the group! Great resource for so many people and I will do my best to contribute accurate and hopefully insightful info. My specialty is low resource fish production and formulation of animal diets using local materials. We are working on developing a small family sized "turn-key" fish production system that requires min. space, water etc.. To date we have >250 lbs of fish being reared in a 6'x6' area. I'll post pictures when I can.

At 10:52pm on March 17, 2015, Fabienne said…

Hi Robert,

Thank you for the welcome! I'm excited to be part of this wonderful community. Our ultimate goal is to manufacture the bagasse containers and plant starch cutlery in Haiti, But, the costs of doing so is out of our reach at the moment. Hopefully within the next 3 years it will come to fruition.


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