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
Planting Hope, Restoring Forests,
Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua & Panama
July to September 2010
Sustainable Harvest International provides farming
families in Central America with the training and tools
to preserve our planet’s tropical forests while
SHI works in four Central American countries:
Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua & Panama
Yoro & Santa Barbara
Kukra Hill &
‣ Currently 1120 families*
‣ 100 communities in 7 work
‣ Average annual income:
‣ Education: 4th
‣ 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
‣ Food Security
‣ Livelihood (economic
development, basic needs)
‣ Learning Capacity
Areas of Impact
Q1✓ Improved wood burning
✓ Composting toilets: 3
✓ Trees planted: 31,209
✓ Acres reforested: 184
✓ Average number of tree
✓ Over 21 environmental
workshops and trainings held
Increase a community’s capacity to practice
sustainable farming that is compatible with local
culture and the environment.
“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
Other techniques implemented by SHI
‣ cover crops ‣ crop rotation
‣ holistic pest
management ‣ biointensive ‣ mulch
✓ Area cultivated sustainably:
422 converted to sustainable
✓ Number of natural fertilizers
made and applied: 1722
fertilizers made and applied.
✓ 15,409 pounds of bocashi
and 100 liters of efficient
✓ Number of sustainable
farming techniques used: at
least 8 techniques
Provide access to healthy food and ensure
household food security
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
husbandry ‣ grain storage ‣ seed saving
Increase household income along with the ability
to purchase basic household needs.
“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,
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:
✓ Number of new rural banks: 7
✓ Total amount loaned: $8,738
Families gain a sense of empowerment and
willingness to innovate and strengthen
community cooperation through sustainability.
✓ Trainings completed by field
✓ Trainings held by participants:
✓ Number of non-SHI families
benefiting from participant
training sessions: 165
✓ Quantitative changes:
sense of community
• Over 360 graduates in three
• Average income increased by
• 80% of food consumed is
• 81% no longer burn
• Average graduate has trained
an additional 10 families
• Climate change & natural
• Cultural barriers
• Opposing projects / external
• Habit vs. tradition
✓15,587 acres of degraded
land converted to sustainable
✓2.86 million trees planted
stoves (saving 12,000 trees
✓23 community loan funds
started with $10,000 seed
capital, now manage $70,000
Growing slowly but surely since 1997
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