The Rural Centers for Sustainable Development (CRDD), soon managed by independent entities

Development CRDD1The Rural Centers for Sustainable Development (CRDD), soon managed by independent entities

 In order to ensure that the Rural Centers for Sustainable Development (CRDDs) have a smooth transition to being managed by independent entities, a three-day training was held from December 3rd to December 5th, 2013, at Palm Events in Petion-Ville for those entities called upon to manage the CRDDs. The CRDDs are training, demonstration, and applied research centers aimed at modernizing Haitian agriculture.

The purpose of this training was to empower these entities to have capacity to manage the CRDDs. Specifically, it is to provide them with technical tools that would allow them to search and manage funding.

 Development CRDD2The seminar was divided into three parts:

 -          The first part was to review the mission and activities of the CRDDs through presentations, followed by general discussions in plenary session.

 -          The second was focused on management and administration of CRDDs.

 -          The third part was focused on funding management (grants, donations, etc.).

 A few months before the end of the project, entities intended to manage the CRDDs have already been put in place, and some of them are already working. In addition to the technical staff of the CRDDs, representatives from the management entities actively participated in the seminar. The management agents are: Wynn Foundation for the CRDD of Kenscoff, Ebenezer Foundation for the CRDD of Gonaives, the Haitian Foundation for Sustainable Development for the CRDD of Bas Boen, the Management Association for the CRDD of Duvier, and the Management Association for the CRDD of Montrouis.

 

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.

The donation from the U.S. Government to the Ministry of Environment includes a 4-seat Polaris, GPS devices, fireproof suits, digital cameras, and mountain bikes, among others.

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In his speech, the representative of the Ministry of Environment, Captain Tacite Toussaint, expressed the Ministry’s gratitude toward USAID who equipped the Environmental Surveillance Corps with materials which will enable it to carry out its mission: "This support from USAID, through the FTF West/WINNER project will increase the efficiency of the Surveillance Corps in the Park, and will allow the Ministry to deal with many challenges." Captain Toussaint calls for understanding and cooperation of the people of Seguin to allow agents to do their job.