Inauguration of the Cooperative of Chanpyon Farmers of the Matheux (COPACMA)On Thursday March 21, 2013, the Cooperative of Chanpyon Farmers of the Matheux (COPACMA) inaugurated its new building; among the people present were Mr. Frantz Prinvil, Director of the Cooperatives National Board (CNC), local authorities of Arcahaie and Cabaret, shareholders and representatives of the Chanpyon associations working in the region.
Feed the Future West/WINNER strengthens women farmers’ capacities in the Cul-de-Sac Plain and in the Matheux Corridor
In February and March 2013, and in the context of its gender strategy, the Feed the Future West/WINNER project conducted a series of trainings that benefited women farmers assisted by the project in the Cul-de-Sac Plain and the Matheux Corridor.
The main objective of the training sessions was to promote leadership and accountability in women farmers. Topics included: gender equity, marketing and access to credit, leadership, conflict resolution, personal development, community strengthening, the role of women in the implementation of new technologies, personal financial management, project management, techniques to install nurseries for the production of garden crops, and time management. The training sessions were attended by 56 women from the Cul-de-Sac and 43 women from the Matheux.
New sugar cane varieties in the Cul-de-Sac: sugar cane multiplication centerAt a workshop held on Saturday March16, 2013, experts from the University of Florida (UF) presented the results of the first experiments made at the sugar cane multiplication center. The center has been implemented by Société Barbancourt in collaboration with USAID’s Feed the Future West/WINNER project and the University of Florida’s (UF) technical assistance to identify sugar cane varieties that may adapt well to Haiti’s climate so that a plant data base can be established for the region.
Kenscoff hosts the first community meeting with the Haitian GovernmentOn Thursday March 7, 2013, at the initiative of the Prime Minister’s office, a community debate on the promotion of agricultural production was held in Furcy, a locality of Kenscoff. The assistance was composed of members of the Government: Major David Basile, Minister of the Interior and Municipalities; Ms. Mimose Felix, Minister in charge of the Promotion of the Peasantry; Mr. Fresner Dorcin, Secretary of State to Vegetal Production; local authorities, members of Kenscoff’s civil society and several hundred representatives of farmer associations, most of which work with the Feed the Future West/WINNER project. Also present were, Mr. Gustave Andre Louis, representative of Kenscoff; Ms. Widjmy Carlah Clesca, Kenscoff’s Mayor; Mr. Jean Robert Estimé, Director of the FTF West/WINNER project and Mr. Herbert Smith, USAID’s Mission Director in Haiti.
The Matheux corridor begins its 2013 spring agricultural campaign
The 2013 spring agricultural campaign opened on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in the Matheux corridor, in the presence of Arcahaie’s congressman, Mr. Jean-Dany Duvert, of Mr. Ferrier Ovil, president of the Délugé Board of Administration of the Communal Section (CASEC), and of Mr. Jean-Robert Estimé, Director of the Feed the Future West/WINNER project (FTF West/WINNER). The audience was composed of representatives of farmer associations, local authorities, and representatives of several municipalities.