Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Konbit Peyizan pou Ranfosman Kapsite Lokal with the third year of a five-year agriculture and livelihoods project in seven communities in the Artibonite department.
Food insecurity is a major issue in these communities due to chronic poverty, limited social services, and high reliance on agricultural livelihoods which is hampered by deforestation, erosion, and poor soil fertility. Additionally, some of the communities are located remotely from urban centers with little to no access to transportation, making it difficult to reach essential services including health care or markets.
This project is working with 1,339 farming households to improve food security by providing starter seed kits, and trainings on sustainable agriculture methods that work to improve soil fertility and reduce erosion. The establishment of agroforestry gardens and trainings are especially focusing on improving soil conservation structures. Women and youth groups have been formed, and nutrition/health trainings are being focused on the youth groups, as well as trainings on gender equity and establishment of kitchen gardens.
In total this project aims to reach 8,034 individuals.