Rural women are honored by the Feed the Future West/WINNER project and the Ministry for the Promotion of Peasantry (MDPP))
Rural women are honored by the Feed the Future West/WINNER project and the Ministry for the Promotion of Peasantry (MDPP)
The FTF West/WINNER project, in collaboration with the Ministry for the Promotion of Peasantry (MDPP), the Ministry of Agriculture (MARNDR) and the Ministry for Women’s Affairs and the Rights of Women (MCFDF), organized a ceremony in honor of rural women on October 24, 2013 at the Canne-a-Sucre Historical Park to commemorate the International Day of Rural Women, fixed by the United Nations on October 15 of each year.
Over a hundred women from all parts of the country took part in the event, particularly those from the FTF West/WINNER’s project areas, making it an especially festive occasion. The day was glorified by the presence of John Groarke, USAID Mission Director to Haiti, Fresner Dorcin, the Secretary of State for Plant Production, Yanick Mezile, the Minister for Women’s Affairs and the Rights of Women, and Marie Mimose Felix, the Minister for the Promotion of Peasantry. The mayors of Tabarre, Kenscoff, Croix-des-Bouquets and Thomazeau also took part in the day’s festivities.
Three projects were inaugurated in Matheux by Feed the Future West/WINNER
The irrigation system of rivers Torcelle and Courjolle, and the drinking water supply system of Fonds-Blanc are three of the many projects undertaken by the Feed the Future West/WINNER project in the Matheux region which were inaugurated on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, in the commune of Cabaret.
More than one hundred representatives of associations and members of the community of Cameau, Cabaret, and Fonds-Blanc took part in the ceremony, as well as representatives of local authorities and the FTF West/WINNER project.
Mr. Joseph Guerol Darcelin, top advisor at the Mayor’s office in Cabaret welcomed the execution of these works which aim to protect people and allow them to have access to irrigation water in the plain of Cabaret: "I want to thank FTF West/WINNER on behalf of the entire population of Cabaret, especially the beneficiaries; it is now time to continue with other work not yet begun in order to ensure greater sustainability of these infrastructures.”
Equipment delivered to the Surveillance Corps of Parc La Visite
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, the Feed the Future West/WINNER project handed over equipment to the Environmental Surveillance Corps of Parc La Visite, one of the few forest reserves in Haiti.
This ceremony took place at the Park in the presence of Frantz Magelan Pierre-Louis, General Secretary of South East Delegation, Arcène Baptiste, South East Departmental Director for the Ministry of Environment, Captain Tacite Toussaint, Environmental Surveillance Corps Director, James Woolley, USAID representative, Jean Robert Estimé and Mario Kerby, respectively Director and Deputy Director of FTF West/WINNER.
Launch of the Coffee Seedling Planting Season in Kenscoff
Friday August 6, saw the launch of the ‘Coffee Seedling Planting Season in Kenscoff’ by the Feed the Future West/WINNER project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The event, which was organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) and the Ministry of Environment (MDE), took place in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Kenscoff as well as representatives of the MARNDR, MDE, farmer associations, USAID and the FTF West/WINNER project.
Kenscoff used to be known as an important coffee-producing area, but it suffered badly from erosion caused by excessive cutting of trees and poor agricultural practices. Despite this, Kenscoff’s Deputy Mayor, Mr. Kenser Mircale, said that he hoped Kenscoff can once more be known for its high-quality coffee. ‘The people of Kenscoff and myself are proud to see a dream that we have cherished for a long time become a reality. I urge the beneficiaries to learn the techniques for growing coffee well so that our efforts may bear fruit’.
Inauguration of the work done on the Bretelle River Irrigation System
The Feed the Future West/WINNER project, working in collaboration with the Ministry for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR), targets its work on the Cul-de-Sac and Matheux corridors in order to improve agricultural productivity, increase the availability and reliability of the distribution of water for irrigation and reduce the risk of flooding. As part of these efforts, on Tuesday August 20, the FTF West/WINNER project inaugurated work undertaken to protect the banks of the Bretelle River irrigation system. Approximately 200 people attended the ceremony, including representatives from USAID, the MARNDR, dignitaries from the town of Cabaret and members of farmer associations.
All the speakers emphasised the importance of ensuring sustainability for this type of project. Pierre Marcellus, Director of Infrastructure for the FTF West/WINNER project, made a special call on the population to manage the rehabilitated system well, also emphasizing the importance of the State’s participation in its maintenance.