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Haiti Cotton Production – A New Opportunity for Smallholder Farmers – Hugh Locke

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Haiti Cotton Production – A New Opportunity for Smallholder Farmers – Hugh Locke

  1. 1. Haiti Cotton Production – A New Opportunity for Smallholder Farmers
  2. 2. Haiti in 6 numbers 10.9 million 1.1 million 1 million 58% 85% 12% population of Haiti number of farms number of those farms that are smallholder percentage of food imported annually estimate of farmers receiving agricultural extension services percentage of rice imported annually
  3. 3. Hurricane Matthew’s path TUES. OCT. 4 8 A.M. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS Port-au-PrinceJérémie Chantal Les Cayes Gonaives Port Petit-Goâve TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS H A I T I
  4. 4. Smallholder Farmers Alliance in 6 numbers 3,200 farmers 46% 6 million 40% 50% 3,400% farmer members members who are women number of trees planted to date average crop yield increase estimate of additional children in school average household income increase
  5. 5. Smallholder Farmers Alliance in 6 Numbers 3,200 farmers 46% 6 million 40% 50% 3,400% farmer members members who are women number of trees planted to date average crop yield increase estimate of additional children in school average household income increase
  6. 6. Moringa feasibility study • three conditions: interest + feasibility study + client pms 130 pms 3425 pms 377 M O R I N G A Opportunities & Challenges for Smallholder Far mer s in Haiti Smallholder Farmers Alliance December, 2014
  7. 7. Cotton feasibility study • three conditions: interest + feasibility study + client
  8. 8. History of cotton in Haiti • cotton was once the 4th largest agricultural export from Haiti • by late 1980s it was completely stopped • four main reasons: - lack of financial services - lack of technical support - unexpected competition - lack of infrastructure
  9. 9. Reasons for reintroducing cotton • opportunity for new farming model • incorporate social enterprise principles • integrates crops for local and export markets • good conditions and farmer interest • easier transition to organic: • potential for volume 1 2 3 4 5 6
  10. 10. Social enterprise model • the Haiti Impact Alliance combines for-profit and non-profit for: - innovation - integration - impact - investment
  11. 11. What we are looking for • source of cotton seeds suitable for organic (no GMOs) • regional best practice examples specific to smallholders • access to research via Quisqueya University • advice regarding cotton gin equipment • guidance on organic certification • technical partnerships for South South transfer of knowledge

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