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Past

Response to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew devastated three cooperatives in the Grand Anse Department of Haiti, representing over 3000 members. FIDA/pcH is able to respond through support received from a number of current partners.  Initial response allows us to deliver food kits and emergency shelter.

The distribution can be completed in a fair and equitable manner because of the values and principles that cooperatives are trained in such as: democracy, participation, gender equity, accountability and transparency. We are proud of the leadership these cooperatives provide in their communities and appreciative of our donors and partners whose investment continues to be affirmed.

Cost: $152,000 CAD
Term: October-December 2016
Funder/Partner: World Renew, World Accord, Crossroads Christian Communication, Hope International, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, Semiahmoo Rotary Club, Cambridge North Rotary Club, and other significant donors.
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Increasing Cooperative Member Capacity Through Adult Literacy

The intent of this program is to strengthen the capacity of women and men farmers to enable greater trust, confidence and self-awareness for the greater benefit of families and the community. The program offers a three-level curriculum in Kreyòl with each level being a nine-month term and covers the following areas of learning:

  • Knowledge and application of the notions of oral communication, written and artistic
  • Knowledge and application of essential concepts in mathematics
  • Knowledge and skills in experimental sciences
  • Knowledge, awareness and skills related to their environment
  • Knowledge and ability in protection of the environment
  • Knowledge and ability in business management
  • Ability to transfer skills and to create wealth
  • Knowledge and ability to respect the rights of others and to perform civic duties responsibly
  • Capacity to transmit learned values
  • Ability to exercise decision-making power within groups and/or community.

The project presently includes 737 men and women.

Cost: $233,929 USD
Term: October 2016-October 2019
Funder/Partner: Gaylea Foundation, FIDA USA,  Semiahmoo Rotary Club and other significant donors.
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Assessing Capacity of Agricultural Cooperatives in Haiti

FIDA/pcH is contracted to assess the capacity and potential of existing cooperatives in Haiti to produce crops for large-scale export and local consumption. Cooperatives will be evaluated in terms of their institutional strength and capacity, their adherence to the Seven International Principles of Cooperative, their current challenges and strengths. Cooperatives must be registered with Haiti’s National Council of Cooperatives. Approximately, 28 cooperatives will be selected representing about 10% of all registered agricultural cooperatives in Haiti.

Cost: $55,000 USD
Term: April-June 2016
Funder/Partner: InterAmerica Development Bank

 

 

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Strengthening the Capacity of Seed Bank Cooperatives in Fon Batis

Even though cooperatives in the Fon Batis have been long established, their growth has been limited due to their lack of access to agricultural credit for their members and capital credit for the business. Despite these challenges a level of organizational structure has been maintained and they remain in compliance with cooperative operating principles. Without external support, many cooperatives are unable to advance or fulfill the main objectives for which they were created. While they have a certain economic stability that allows them to continue to operate, they do not have sufficient structures in place to rise to a higher organizational level. In addition, the agricultural sector as a whole in Haiti is being challenged to source appropriate seed or even to source seed at all sufficient to meet the demand. This project proposes to strengthen two cooperatives in the Fon Batis area of Haiti:Coopérative Lumière Chinchiron (COLUC) and Coopérative L’union Peyisan Calouis(CUPEC); to provide funding and support for income-generating activities for members and to the cooperative organizations which will include the establishing of seed banks.

Cost: $349,082 USD
Term: 2016-2018
Funder/Partner: Premier Equipment Ltd., Hope International Development Agency, other significant donors
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Haiti Urban Gardens Project

To test the viability of a program that reaches out to women to develop urban gardens in some of the most marginalized areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In this pilot project, 75 urban residents will take part in a demonstration garden, learn horticulture production techniques, and learn how to use environmentally sustainable technologies suited to cities, such as rainwater harvesting and household waste management. Participants will learn to cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, roots, tubers, and herbs in small spaces such as patios, balconies, and rooftops. Through cultivation of these micro-gardens, low income families will be able to meet their basic dietary needs for vitamins, minerals, and plant protein by gaining direct access to fresh, nutritious vegetables every day. Families will also earn extra income from the sale of small surpluses.

Cost: $59,000 USD
Term: Fifteen months
Funder/Partner: Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
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Community Engagement and Cooperative Development in Bristout/Bobin

To establish two new cooperatives in the community of Bristout/Bobin in Port-au-Prince. The new cooperatives will own and operate a community waste management program and two new plastics recycling centers. Cooperative members will receive training in principles of cooperative management, business management, safe operation of equipment, and sorting and recycling of plastics. A cadre of male and female cooperative leaders and members will become capable of sustaining the project activities over the long term. Cooperative members will be able to disseminate knowledge to the wider community, resulting in growth of the cooperative and the recycling business. The problem of overwhelming plastics waste in the community will be addressed and the community will benefit from better waste management. Partner staff will also be trained in the use of participatory methodology in implementing cooperative development programs.

Cost: $52,000 USD
Term: Ten months
Funder/Partner: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
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Improved Livestock Raising and Business Management for Poultry Production

To train pcH staff and community members in Zoranger in improved management of poultry for meat and egg production, and to provide an example of a viable poultry production unit that is appropriate to the local context. pcH staff will be trained on how to implement and support poultry production programs in rural Haiti. In particular, pcH staff will receive training in poultry husbandry, health management, and basic business management relating to poultry production. Community members in Zoranger will receive training in poultry husbandry, disease control, feeding, and improving local feeds. Four localities in Zoranger will participate in the construction and management of demonstration chicken coops. Project participants will experience how to manage viable, appropriate poultry production units and how to apply basic farm management skills. pcH will increase their capacity in delivering poultry production support to rural communities in Haiti.

Cost: $25,000 CAD
Term: Three months
Funder/Partner: University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), Interantional Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA), and Haiti Broilers
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Food Security Reinforcement in Fon Batis

To improve food security and livelihoods for 500 cooperative farmers in Fon Batis. Farmers in Fon Batis are suffering from extreme food insecurity following the destruction of their harvests and their seed stores in the 2012 planting season. A period of drought, followed by two hurricanes in 2012, caused widespread crop destruction across Haiti. Members of three cooperatives in Fon Batis will receive badly needed distributions of seeds and tools. Cooperatives will receive capital credit to store harvests and support member farmers in times of need. Cooperative members will also receive training in seed multiplication techniques, pest management and storage techniques, market vegetable production, and organic composting techniques. Farmers will be able to diversify their crops and provide a store of harvests and seeds not only to recover from the current food insecurity, but also to withstand similar shocks in the future. Click here to find out more about World Accord’s partnership with FIDA/pcH in Haiti.

Cost: $20,000 USD
Term: Six months
Funder/Partner: World Accord
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Food Security Support for Farmers in Fon Batis

To improve food security and livelihoods for 5,000 farmers in Fon Batis, including 3,000 cooperative farmers and 2,000 non-cooperative farmers. Farmers in Fon Batis are suffering from extreme food insecurity following the destruction of their harvests and their seed stores in the 2012 planting season. A period of drought followed by two hurricanes in 2012 caused widespread crop destruction in Haiti. Farmers in Fon Batis will receive badly needed distributions of seeds, and technical support from pcH agronomists for the next two planting seasons. Cooperatives will receive capital credit to store harvests and support member farmers in times of need. Cooperative members will also receive training in management and accounting of loans. Farmers in Fon Batis will be able to diversify their crops and provide a store of harvests and seeds not only to recover from the current food insecurity, but also to withstand similar shocks in the future.

Cost: $70,000 USD
Term: One year
Funder/Partner: Hope International Development Agency (HIDA)
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Productive Agricultural Cooperatives Duchity

To improve the socioeconomic situation of community members through the creation of productive agricultural cooperatives in Duchity. Three agricultural cooperatives will be established in the community of Duchity. More than 600 members will receive training in literacy, improved agricultural techniques, improved environmental practices, management of the cooperative, and management of small enterprise. New community leadership will emerge and local women’s groups will be reinforced. Agricultural output and small enterprise will diversify and increase. Agricultural and capital credit will be granted to the cooperatives. Average incomes of cooperative members are expected to increase by 40% by the end of this project.

Cost: $954,147 USD
Term: Four years
Funder/Partner: Premier Equipment, Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO), Semiahmoo Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Waterloo, Rotary Club of Cambridge North, Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium, Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) through ERDO, CCCI.
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