Working in the rough spots - Haiti

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Haiti presents a number of challenges to reforestation efforts. 

One of them is getting the local people to take ownership of the projects. In order to facilitate this, we are reversing our normal ratio of 90% forest trees and 10% agricultural trees. We will initially be growing 90% agricultural trees, which will provide food and income for people and, in the case of Moringa, excellent fodder for animals. As the local communities experience the benefits these trees provide, we believe they will become committed to planting and protecting forest trees that provide erosion control, wildlife habitat, and restore the land. We are looking to a multi-storied planting approach. For example, trees  such as Coconut, Haitian oak, Mahogany, and Chene as the upper canopy, citrus next, then coffee below that.


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  • commented 2014-05-18 19:40:19 -0700
    Food forestry is a great way to go, speaking as a somewhat biased Permaculture design fanatic who loves Eden Projects. Permaculture is really the only option for a hungry country — and a hungry world. I see no reason that Eden Projects can’t include a greater focus on food production in other regions. I understand the need for mangroves on coastlines, but there is also a massive need for food in deforested regions. As long as people are importing their food from elsewhere, the environmental damage is simply moved to other regions and countries. And, goodness knows, other countries are not doing it particularly well. Please consider including more food forestry into your programs.
  • published this page in Blog 2014-03-20 05:01:33 -0700