Creating Productive Land for Marginalized Landowners
Those who live on a hillside farm outside of Ouanaminthe struggle to make use of their land and become increasingly marginalized from income-generating activities. To find a solution, Solisyon Kimonte Yo partnered with Meds and Foods for Kids (MFK) to provide extensive trainings to the landowners on these plots of land, teaching them how to grow peanuts on their hillside farms. This will not only help them generate income for the farmers by selling in markets in Ouanaminthe and neighboring towns, but will also strengthen the food security of the increasingly drought-stricken northeast region of Haiti.
In a 6-month training program, MFK agronomists train 30 beneficiaries in Gen de Nantes and 30 beneficiaries in Savane au Lait on how to plant peanut seeds on a hillside demonstration plot. From contours, to weeding practices, to diseases to look out for, MFK teaches everything to the farmers to ensure they are able to harvest peanuts themselves. The Solisyon Kominote Yo Agronomist, Evens Baptiste, follows up with each beneficiary through the process, confirming that they start the method on their own land and are properly integrating the training sessions.
This strong partnership reflects the importance of knowledge-sharing provided by MFK, as well as the monitoring and evaluation that Solisyon Kominote Yo supports, strengthening the endurability of the program.
Thanks to the generous support of the International Finance Corporation we are able to provide innovative solutions to help improve food security in the north east region of Haiti.