Productivity and EntrepreneurialOpportunities for Haitian Agriculture  The Case for Smallholder Farming Solutions         ...
BackgroundCurrent state•   Agriculture is significant economic driver•   Majority of farmers have plots < 1.5 Ha•   Lack a...
Annual Farming Cycles    First Season                                         Second Season        Crops                  ...
Planting Overview                     1-2” in.    Ideal Planting                                Uneven Spacing   Uneven   ...
Fertilizer Overview                     1-2” in.    Ideal Planting                                Inaccurate              ...
Seed Tape:Low-Tech Tools for High-Tech Planting Precision                                                     or          ...
Seed Tape:Part of a Low-Cost, High Yield Farming Solution • Two parts to seed tape solution    • Seed tape “former”       ...
Seed Tape:Planting with Fertilizer    Hand Planting    Hand Planting    Seed Tape                                         ...
Seed Tape:General Impacts •   Grower Profitability      • Higher productivity, improved input utilization, complexity redu...
Seed Tape:Off-Site Precision and In-Field Simplicity • Economically increases crop production, yield, diversity and qualit...
BonTerra Group:Integrated Farming Solutions                                                 Harvest              Partner  ...
Seeds 4 The World: Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in Haiti   Initial                                             Final...
BonTerra Group:Project Vision• Deliver working prototype of seed tape planting solution in  partnership with the governmen...
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Haitian Agriculture Solutions

  1. 1. Productivity and EntrepreneurialOpportunities for Haitian Agriculture The Case for Smallholder Farming Solutions by the BonTerra Group 25 October 2012
  2. 2. BackgroundCurrent state• Agriculture is significant economic driver• Majority of farmers have plots < 1.5 Ha• Lack access to quality seed and inputs• 80% of population lives in poverty• Demand for food is expected to grow ~10-15 percent over the next five yearsGovernment of Haiti Action Plan• Increase local production of staples to ensure food security• Increase farmer’s income and create jobs in rural areas• Increase foreign exchange earnings agricultural exports• Reduce post-harvest losses by 50 percent in priority watersheds• Improve health and nutrition of the Haitian population, especially the vulnerable
  3. 3. Annual Farming Cycles First Season Second Season Crops Crops Harvest Harvest Crop Protection Crop Protection Fertilization Fertilization Planting Planting Seed Bed Seed Bed Preparation Preparation
  4. 4. Planting Overview 1-2” in. Ideal Planting Uneven Spacing Uneven Skips Double Depth Plant Hand Planting Slight misplacement Conventional Planting Proper seed to soil contact, consistent plant spacing and even depth impacts emergence which impacts yield
  5. 5. Fertilizer Overview 1-2” in. Ideal Planting Inaccurate Fertilizer App Hand Planting Flat Rate Entire Field Conventional Planting Proper fertilizer or pesticide placement impacts vigor
  6. 6. Seed Tape:Low-Tech Tools for High-Tech Planting Precision or Like baler twine(Plants about ~0.5 Ha) Seed Tape without Application Material Seed Tape with Application Material
  7. 7. Seed Tape:Part of a Low-Cost, High Yield Farming Solution • Two parts to seed tape solution • Seed tape “former” • Stationary unit that meters seed and fertilizer into a “tape” that can be planted • Seed tape row unit • Hand pushed row unit that embeds pre-made “tape” into the ground • Mechanical toolbar that embeds pre made “tape” into the ground
  8. 8. Seed Tape:Planting with Fertilizer Hand Planting Hand Planting Seed Tape Major Impacts Even Emergence Accurate Depth Even Spacing Improved Seed-to-Soil Contact Proper Fertilizer Placement
  9. 9. Seed Tape:General Impacts • Grower Profitability • Higher productivity, improved input utilization, complexity reduction • Social/Environmental • Improved agricultural ecosystem
  10. 10. Seed Tape:Off-Site Precision and In-Field Simplicity • Economically increases crop production, yield, diversity and quality • Metering is done in a controlled environment • Better seed spacing • Proper seed rate • Forming and covering furrow more uniform (compared to hand) • Better seed to soil contact • Better seed placement • Fertilizer and Chemical placed properly • Pre-Packaged tape can allow for better matching hybrids into emerging markets • Economically delivers precision farming to emerging markets • Removing meter off site allows for lower cost application equipment • Have tape with various seed rates depending on soil type
  11. 11. BonTerra Group:Integrated Farming Solutions Harvest Partner Crop Protection Polyculture Fertilization Mobile Pasture Planting BonTerra Group Seed Bed Preparation Partner
  12. 12. Seeds 4 The World: Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in Haiti Initial FinalSpecifications Feedback Specifications Production Delivery & Revisions & Support Seeds 4 The World with Partners in Agriculture Production Prototype Customer Prototype Haitian Entrepreneurship Design in Agriculture Prototype Dec 2012 Feb 2013 Apr 2013 Jun 2013 Aug 2013
  13. 13. BonTerra Group:Project Vision• Deliver working prototype of seed tape planting solution in partnership with the government of Haiti• Work closely with local farmers to implement solution on 50 Ha• Monitor and measure field activities throughout growing season(s)• Develop adoptable commercial planting solution

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