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Field program update for Quarter 1 FY11 (July to September)

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  • Current statistics. Note number of families and communities is changing due to restructuring and evaluations. New families will be accepted into program once evaluations are completed, however, number of families per field trainer will not top 50.
  • SHI has identified five areas of impact of its work. Each of these areas of impact will be briefly described and include examples and achievements. Image on bottom left is Maria Luis Cabrera of El Carrizalito, Yoro, Honduras.
  • Image on left is from Corazon Creek School garden project, Belize
  • Image in the upper left is a composting solar latrine or eco-toilet in Nicaragua. Unlike a typical composting latrine that may take 6 months, a solar latrine produces useable compost in 3 months and has a higher rate of success in killing pathogens. Image on right take in Belize and shows alternatives to nursery bags – sliced plantains
  • Families work in variety of ways to protect, preserve or enhance local ecosystems. On the left is an image of moringa, a fast growning leguminous species that is beneficial to soils, resistant to droughts, a food source and source of nectar for bees.
  • Image top is traditional open fire at local school in Panama. Image below is an improved stove or justa stove built with the Rodriguez family in Capira, Panama. Stoves reduce illness related to smoke inhalation (carbon monoxide and dioxide), as well as firewood.
    Trees generally planted in mixed systems, agroforestry or degraded lands. Species include mahogany, san juan, neem, coffee, all spice, trumpet tree (tabebuia rosea), cassia amarilla
  • Agroecology defines SHI’s work in sustainable and organic farming. Image on the left was taken in Kukra River, Nicaragua and demonstrates mixed systems and alley cropping. In the image can see the farmer has combined plantains with a form of taro, cover crops (canavalia) and other fruit species. Note residue left on the crop for mulch. Image on right is Sr Lorenzo’s farm in Panama. Image again demonstrates emphasis on diversified and intensive land use.
  • Image to left is permaculture techniques being implemented in Panama – magic circle. Crop residue and other organic waste is accumulated in circle and bananas and taro are planted in and around. As material decomposes, plants grow. Also serves as grey water filter.
    Middle image – madrifol insecticide – chopped up madreado o gliricidium, ash, and soap (repellant and biofertilizer)
    Image right – biointensive gardens in San Juanito, Panama. Applying lime and crushed shells to neutralize soil.
  • Photo Jacinto Martinez, San Juanito, Panama
  • Image to the left Don Pipo (nickname), El Entradero, Panama. Recently completed his second year and active in Panama CSA. Lost son about two years ago to pesticide intoxication (worked on rice paddies). Has seen the damage caused by agrochemicals and completely dedicated to organics.
  • The same family has continued to improve their soils with the use of cover crops like macuna beans and other techniques they learn with SHI. In the foreground they show off the improved soil, while in the background we see their shade coffee plantation.
  • Along the edge of the erosion barriers, mustard greens were planted. They provide a further barrier against erosion, are another product to sell
    And they attract friends. . .
    These insects on the mustard greens, eat the insects that eat onions. A simple way to control pests without dangerous chemical pesticides!
  • Family on left is Don Gregorio’s family in Los Pozos Azul, Kukra River, Nicaragua.
    Photo right: Producers in El Entradero organized produce for CSA
  • image on left is an example of Panama’s CSA – how SHI is helping families to market produce. Currently 17 families actives in addition to others that provide vegetables less frequently. Deliveries were every 15 days but will move to every week. Due to demand and weather issues, SHI will partner with GORACE and provide additional produce.
  • Top image – graduate family Sr. Rosario Garcia organizing passion fruit that he sells each week locally and regionally. Sr. Rosario Garcia is from Rio Blanco, Honduras and graduated about 1.5 years ago. According to his family, with diversified production and income, they have been able to build a new home and expand their farming
    Loans – 46 paid back. Currently do not have $$ amount.
  • Top image – Dayra Julia, Small Business Promoter in Panama giving a workshop on rural banks
    Lower image – Women’s bread making operation, Las Montanitas, Honduras (graduate families)
    Trainings: 21 environmental, 21 agricultural, 11 nutrition, 14 business and 82 other (i.e. new methodology)
  • Image on right is Don Hipolito Garcia Gonzalez of Rio Blamco, Honduras. Graduated in 2008.
  • Shi presentation fy11 program update

    1. 1. Sustainable Harvest International Planting Hope, Restoring Forests, Nourishing Communities Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua & Panama Field Program Update July to September 2010
    2. 2. The Mission Sustainable Harvest International provides farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet’s tropical forests while overcoming poverty.
    3. 3. SHI works in four Central American countries: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua & Panama Yoro & Santa Barbara Toledo & Stan Creek Kukra Hill & Kukra River Cocle & Panama Oesta
    4. 4. ‣ Currently 1120 families* ‣ 100 communities in 7 work areas ‣ Average annual income: $472 ‣ Education: 4th grade ‣ Land ownership: 2.8 acres ‣ What is farmed: corn, beans, cassava, taro, rice ‣ What is eaten: corn tortillas, rice, red beans or pigeon pea, cassava, plantains and The Families at the Start
    5. 5. ‣ Environment ‣ Agroecology ‣ Food Security ‣ Livelihood (economic development, basic needs) ‣ Learning Capacity Areas of Impact
    6. 6. Quarterly Achievements July to September, 2010
    7. 7. Preserve tropical forests and the life-sustaining functions they provide. Environment
    8. 8. ‣ reforestation ‣ wood conserving stoves ‣ biodigesters ‣ composting latrines
    9. 9. Environmental Accomplishments in Q1✓ Improved wood burning stoves: 153 ✓ Composting toilets: 3 ✓ Trees planted: 31,209 ✓ Acres reforested: 184 ✓ Average number of tree species: 12 ✓ Over 21 environmental workshops and trainings held
    10. 10. Increase a community’s capacity to practice sustainable farming that is compatible with local culture and the environment. Agroecology
    11. 11. “I feel proud to cultivate in a way that is good for the environment because it is not necessary to damage the soil, but rather feed it. Everything is useful in this system of farming that I am implementing.” Other techniques implemented by SHI families: ‣ cover crops ‣ crop rotation ‣ holistic pest management ‣ biointensive ‣ mulch
    12. 12. Agroecological Accomplishments in Q1 ✓ Area cultivated sustainably: 422 converted to sustainable land use ✓ Number of natural fertilizers made and applied: 1722 fertilizers made and applied. ✓ 15,409 pounds of bocashi and 100 liters of efficient micro-organisms ✓ Number of sustainable farming techniques used: at least 8 techniques
    13. 13. Food Security Provide access to healthy food and ensure household food security
    14. 14. With support of SHI, I have planted mustard greens, lettuce, string beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. With these harvests, every week I have something to feed my feel, plus extra that I can sell. - Joaquina Vasquez, El Entradero, Panama ‣ home gardens‣ diversification ‣ animal husbandry ‣ grain storage ‣ seed saving
    15. 15. Food Security Accomplishments in Q1
    16. 16. Livelihood Increase household income along with the ability to purchase basic household needs.
    17. 17. “SHI supported me with the installation of a wood conserving oven. Each week I bake bread with little wood and am able to sell it in my community. I have income now that I never had before.” - Maria Ical, San Benito Poite, Belize
    18. 18. Livelihood Accomplishments in Q1✓ Average change in income (note majority of families are only in phase 2 and not yet commercializing): about 26% or $122 in three months ✓ Number of new families commercializing produce on a local and regional scale: 35 ✓ Additional income generated by sale of produce in 3 months: over $1400 ✓ Number of new rural banks: 7 ✓ Total amount loaned: $8,738
    19. 19. Learning Capacity Families gain a sense of empowerment and willingness to innovate and strengthen community cooperation through sustainability.
    20. 20. Learning Capacity Accomplishments in Q1 ✓ Trainings completed by field staff: 149 ✓ Trainings held by participants: 85 ✓ Number of non-SHI families benefiting from participant training sessions: 165 ✓ Quantitative changes: increase self esteem, leadership, sense of community and teamwork, environmental and
    21. 21. • Over 360 graduates in three countries • Average income increased by 45% • 80% of food consumed is produced locally • 81% no longer burn • Average graduate has trained an additional 10 families Post Graduate Families
    22. 22. Challenges • Climate change & natural disasters • Cultural barriers • Time • Opposing projects / external influences • Habit vs. tradition • Resources
    23. 23. ✓15,587 acres of degraded land converted to sustainable uses ✓2.86 million trees planted ✓1252 wood-conserving stoves (saving 12,000 trees per year) ✓23 community loan funds started with $10,000 seed capital, now manage $70,000 capital SHI’s Accomplishments Growing slowly but surely since 1997
    24. 24. A Lot of Bang for Your Buck ‣ $18,000 supports the work of one field trainer for an entire year. ‣ $6,000 sponsors an entire village program for a whole year. ‣ $500 provides a family with technical support and materials for one year. ‣ $100 sponsors a village school program in a rural community working with SHI. ‣ $50 buys the materials for a wood- conserving stove that will save 100 trees. Supporting SHI
    25. 25. Thank You!
    26. 26. Sustainable Harvest International Online at: Planting Hope, Restoring Forests, Nourishing Communities