In May 2018, SolKomYo began their project with the Small Grants Programme of the UNDP. This project is focused on climate change resilience by promoting climate-smart agriculture practices and sustainable energy solutions. The SolKomYo team is leading this work to improve climate-smart agricultural practices among community members in the northeast of Haiti. We are working specifically with grassroots agricultural organizations in Dilair and Acuil de Pins in the community of Ouanaminhte. In the agricultural portion of the project, there are 18 participants from Dilaire and 14 participants from Acuil de Pins.
Thus far, they have completed four capacity-building trainings:
- Climate-change adaptation strategies
- Principles and techniques in agro-ecology
- Workshops on implementation techniques for nurseries
- Soil preparation
Reforestation is part of agro-ecology, and the team is planting mango trees, coffee trees, citrus trees, and trees that make charcoal.
The project is very practical; these are the tools received by participants and the beneficiaries putting them to use.
The team received a set of tools to distribute to the beneficiaries, including a rake, shovel, and wheelbarrow, and specific guidance on how to best prepare for and conduct the workshops. This Thursday, SolKomYo will conduct trainings around filling soil bags, Seed sowing, and nursery training plans. At the start of next month, the team will conduct follow-up visits with the beneficiaries to observe how the nurseries are faring.
SolKomYo Employees Evens and Karl provide capacity-building workshops to the beneficiaries.
This is a great opportunity for our beneficiaries to learn practical techniques on climate-smart agricultural practices. Participants have proclaimed how much they enjoy the training and are furthering their knowledge of nursery maintenance. In the 2nd phase of the project, the SolKomYo team will introduce solar energy and entrepreneurial solutions in the community of Ouanaminthe.
This is a great partnership between SolKomYo and the UNDP and we’re excited for the upcoming months!