Feed the Future West/WINNER and UMCOR support farmers to reduce post harvest losses

post harvest losses1Feed the Future West/WINNER and UMCOR support farmers to reduce post harvest losses

After 10 days of training sessions in post harvest management, fifty farmers received their certificates at a ceremony held at the Rural Center for Sustainable Development (CRDD) of Bas Boen, in the Cul-de-Sac plain, on Friday December 13th, 2013.

Jointly organized by the United Methodist Committee on Relief - UMCOR and the Feed the Future West/WINNER project, the seminar aimed to provide farmers with techniques involving the use of post harvest equipment, while emphasizing their usefulness in reducing losses during and after harvest.

 

post harvest losses2 Agronomist Durand Romélus, a Senior staff from the West Departmental Direction of the Ministry of Agriculture said: "The Department acknowledges the efforts made ​​by partners to equip farmers with post-harvest equipment and expertise that can improve food availability.”

 

 The Head of the delegation of UMCOR, Dawn Anderson, said she was particularly pleased to see the willingness of farmers to learn techniques in order to better manage and develop their products after harvest. She said that "the seminar comes at a time when post-harvest losses reach about 20%, and this is a shortfall for farmers. Our mission, through this partnership with FtF West/WINNER, is to support farmers in order to minimize losses."

 

post harvest losses3Ernsie Romélus, a farmer in the region of Cul-de-Sac, speaking on behalf of her peers, did not hide her satisfaction and gratitude to the organizers, while addressing the work done by the trainers: "We learned a lot from this seminar, it is time for us to thank UMCOR, FtF West/WINNER and the trainers for giving us the opportunity to strengthen our capacity in post harvest management”.

 

 

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.