Agro-Forestry + Economy
Agriculture impacts income, the environment, and availability of food. While the primary means of livelihood in Haiti is agriculture, this sector contributes to only 28% of Haiti’s GDP. High levels of deforestation have significantly degraded the land, leading to low crop yields and increased floods and mudslides. Our Agricultural Augmentation model promotes agricultural practices that help farmers increase their income and obtain adequate food while at the same time improving soil and replanting land with trees. The trees provide fruit and therefore longterm income, and the agricultural practices promote soil and water conservation. The model pays special attention to soil and water use to preserve the whole water system and maintain a balanced ecosystem.
How It Works
The Agricultural Augmentation model combines agro-forestry and farmer associations to increase farmers’ incomes and improve vulnerable land. In times of emergency, GRANS conducts seed fairs in parallel with its ongoing sustainable agriculture program to ensure that farmers have seeds for planting and that the local seed market is resilient.