Launch of the Coffee Seedling Planting Season in Kenscoff

Launch Seedling 1 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’.

Launch Seedling 2Mr. Mario Kerby, Deputy Director of the FTF West/WINNER project, is already hopeful about the success of the initiative and stressed the importance of continued training for groups of coffee producers in the region in order to ensure that they take good care of the seedlings.

 According to James Woolley, the USAID representative, by becoming involved with coffee production, Kenscoff’s peasant farmers will not only replenish their assets but will also help protect the environment.

 Launch Seedling 3The FTF West/WINNER project has developed and implemented agro-forestry and coffee production initiatives in the mountain regions of the Cul-de-Sac and the Matheux in order to stabilize soils and protect investments made in the productive plains, and has also helped small farmers plant fruit trees that will rapidly generate income. Its objective is to increase vegetation cover in the slopes so as to reduce erosion and protect soils, while at the same time encouraging the use of alternative energy sources and reducing the demand for charcoal and firewood. The coffee planting season has coincided with other reforestation activities and initiatives intended to strengthen ravines and protect the soil in order to have the maximum impact on watershed stabilization.