WATERSHED STABILITY IMPROVED

 

Soil Conservation and Ravine Treatment

To modernize the Haitian agricultural sector, FTF West/WINNER promoted mechanized soil preparation during the agricultural campaigns. During the spring-summer 2012 agricultural campaign 1,755 hectares were mechanically prepared (plowing, harrowing and furrowing) in the Cul-de-Sac plain, including 510 hectares of rice using SRI. In the Matheux corridor 504 hectares were mechanically prepared. In order to expand the use of mechanical soil preparation, FTF West/WINNER provided nine tractors to farmer associations (six in the Cul-de-Sac plain and three in the Matheux corridor).

FTF West/WINNER continued to implement soil conservation and ravine treatment activities in Kenscoff, Petionville, Ganthier, Thomazeau and the Matheux corridor. 25 projects were implemented in FY 2012, with 36.3 kilometers of ravine treated; 63,000 m3 of gabions and dry walls installed; 280,000 trees planted around ravines; and more than 2.6 million plants of vetiver installed. The treatment of these ravines resulted in the retention of 164,300 m3 of sediments.

Agro-forestry
As of December 31, 2012 FTF West/WINNER has supported the transplantation of 3,705,360 trees. In a partnership with DINASA, the project helped produce and transplant an additional 1,000,643 trees.
Green technology helps to free up spaces for agro-forestry and reforestation initiatives on hillsides that are environmentally vulnerable. The Government has decided to actively promote this technology, with a goal of 1 million m2 of greenhouses built over the next four years.

 Activities/Results

Cul de Sac

Matheux

Gonaïves

Mirebalais

Total

# of treated ravines and conservation activities  

29

7

3

1

40

# of people trained  

868

64

120

32

1084

m3 of gabions and dry walls installed

64,960

7,088

20,324

4,585

96,957

Kms of ravines treated  

46.5

4.2

14

2.5

67.2

m3 of sediments trapped

148,800

10,500

28,000

5,000

192,300

Trees planted  

261,605

39,945

18,773

16,000

336,323

# of vetiver plants installed  

1,950,710

487,000

413,000

157,400

3,008,110

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The greenhouse revolution
  • 600 greenhouses with  drip irrigation and vertical agriculture being deployed by farmers
  • Small greenhouses (70 m2)
  • Cost: $3,000 with drip irrigation and vertical pots
  • Remarkable technological leap
  • Small farmers build their own greenhouses
  • Net annual income: $2,700 (Peppers)
  • Financial institutions are ready to finance this activity

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 Governance

  • Completion of the Cul-de-Sac watershed management plan, used to establish zoning plans for the Cul-de-Sac
  • Disaster contingency plans prepared for 9 communes
  • Cul-de-Sac plain flood early warning system
  • Draft law on seed production and commercialization
  • Creation of 2 water user associations to maintain and manage large irrigation systems.
  • Creation of the Designated National Authority for carbon credit trading

 

2012 Agro-Forestry Campaign

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Zone

# of nurseries

# of seedlings

# of trees transplanted

Cul-de-Sac (Kenscoff)

13

1,177,250

715,016

Cul-de-Sac (Croix des Bouquets)

12

572,000

180,328

Cabaret / Arcahaie

22

461,000

6,430

TOTAL

47

2,210,250

901,774


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Partnership DINASA- FTF West/WINNER

  • Target number of trees in 2012: 1,000,000
  • Regions: 4 (Mirebalais, Matheux, Cul de Sac et Kenscoff)
  • Seedling average cost: 15 Gourdes
  • Price paid by DINASA to: 7.5 Gourdes
  • 50% cash; 50% after 6 months if 80% survival rate

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