The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about Agriculture.

Hurricane Matthew - Update from Vodrey in Cite Soleil

submitted by Sam Bloch

Here is an update from Vodrey specifically and other Cite Soleil updates can be found at,¬if_id=1475556122595715

The zone of Vodrey in Cite Soleil has suffered severe damage. The Grey River breached its banks early this morning, causing massive floods in the area.

Haiti Drought Causes Extreme Emergency - AP - by Evens Sanon and Trenton Daniel - March 18, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A drought is causing an extreme emergency in northeast Haiti, wiping out sorely needed crops and livestock, an official said Tuesday.

Pierre Gary Mathieu of the government's National Coordination of Food Security told The Associated Press that the eight-month-long drought in the region has caused the loss of two harvest seasons. It will take the area six months to recover.

Using the Maya Nut Tree to Increase Tropical Agroecosystem Resilience to Climate Change in Central America and Mexico

submitted by Albert Gomez - - August 2011

CLICK HERE - CASE STUDY - Using the Maya Nut Tree to Increase Tropical Agroecosystem Resilience to Climate Change in Central America and Mexico
(10 page .PDF file)

Author affiliations: 1 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 2 The Maya Nut Institute

Petrocaribe Economic Zone, Industrialization of Haiti Agriculture says PM

Image: Woman sells organic goods grown in Haiti - Samuel Maxime - Monday, June 24, 2013

2 Out of 3 People Face Hunger as Haiti Woes Mount

18,000 Tons of Vietnamese Rice Soon in Haiti - May 18, 2013

Haiti Aiming to Plant 1.2 Million Trees in a Single Day

The big dig is planned for May 1. It's part of an ambitious government effort to reforest the country after suffering from landslides and desertification. - by Rashmee Roshan Lall | Christian Science Monitor – Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Haiti, one of the world’s most deforested countries, launches its first national tree-planting program next month. President Michel Martelly’s government calls the effort “a big signal” that the administration is determined to reverse environmental degradation and address one of the main causes of poverty on the Caribbean island.

Haiti: rice plantations threatened by drought in the Artibonite Valley - April 4th, 2013 - Exalus Mergenat

Alors que la dernière récolte de riz dans diverses localités du bas artibonite a été ravagée fin décembre 2012 par une épidémie d’insectes, des plantations pour la campagne en cours ont été quasiment perdues en raison de la sécheresse qui s’abat sur toute la vallée de l’Artibonite, constate l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

Cette sécheresse, signalée par le jaunissement des plantations de riz dans la vallée de l’Artibonite, aurait pour origine des travaux effectués par l’Électricité d’Haïti (ED’H) en vue d’alimenter les turbines hydro-électriques du barrage de Péligre.

Google translation to English is provided below:

While the latest crop of rice in various localities of the lower Artibonite has been ravaged by end of December 2012 an outbreak of insects, planting for the current year were almost lost due the drought that swept across the Artibonite Valley, says the online agency AlterPresse.

Haiti - Ambitious Plan for Reforestation and Land Management

Haiti’s environment minister, Jean François Thomas, during the interview with IPS. Credit. Jean Reniteau/IPS - by Patricia Grogg

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 20 2013 (IPS) - Droughts and floods, devastating hurricanes and soil erosion with a drastic impact on food security make Haiti extremely vulnerable to climate change and in need of enormous adaptation efforts.

La Selle Officially Declared Haiti’s First Biosphere Reserve

Above: Cascade Pichon in La Selle (UNESCO Photo: Dieufort Deslorges) - February 26, 2013

During a ceremony that took place in Port au Prince on 20 February 2013, and was honoured by the presence of the Minister of Environment, Mr. Jean Francois Thomas, and the Minister of Education, Mr. Vanneur Pierre, La Selle was officially declared Haiti’s first biosphere reserve.

Situation Report - Vodrey

One of the houses washed away by the river (SEE LINK BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AND .PDF DOCUMENT)

submitted by Sabina Carlson - October 26, 2012

Update on Damage in Vodrey: Post-Sandy

Global Food Supply - We Need to Plan for System Failure - by Mallen Baker - October 4, 2012

Mallen Baker argues that it’s irresponsible not to make contingency plans, especially when the potential failures concern the fundamentals – such as food

Imagine your critical business systems depend on one computer server. This server is huge – it has immense capacity – but you have grown into that space and now every single day you are pushing it to its limit. . .

Caribbean Bee College (3-5 January 2013)

submitted by Albert Gomez

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - January 3, 4, 5 2013
St. George's Univeristy - Grenada, West Indies

OCHA - Haiti - Humanitarian Bulletin (September 2012)


· Return and resettlement programs continue and contribute significantly to the reduction of the number of displaced persons in the camps

· Cholera - some departments face inadequate infrastructure for the management of new cases.

· Rain destroys 300 houses in Anse-à-Galets

· Crop losses estimated at $84,239,782.84; growing vulnerability of poor households in several departments of the country.

CLICK ON LINK BELOW - OCHA - Haiti - Humanitarian Bulletin (September 2012)

Video - IOM Restoring Haiti's Ravaged Forests

Maya Nut Haiti Seed Bank Program

Water Brick Dry Storage - Maya Nut Seed Bank Structure - Water Brick Mess Kit - Water Brick Drip Irrigation Kit - Health Capacity & Maya Nut Preparation Training - Micro-Finance Kiosk

submitted by Albert Gomez

Scientists Predict That Food Riots Will Grip The Planet Within A Year

Image: Graph of food riots over time and against food prices.

Submitted by Samuel Bendett - September 12th, 2012 - Timon Singh

A few years ago, Sir John Beddington, the UK government’s chief scientific advisor stated that with the world’s population growing, food supplies diminishing, and water supplies becoming more scarce, all of these factors would combine to form a ‘perfect storm’ in 2030 resulting in food shortages and rioting. However, the New England Complex Systems Institute believes he is way too optimistic with his timing. In fact, the complexity theorists think that if we don’t reverse the current trend in food prices, we’ve got until August 2013 before social unrest sweeps the planet.


CITIES: A helping hand for the urban poor

Image: Involve communities specially in informal settlements (Photo: Julius Mwelu/IRIN) - September 6th, 2012

With more than half the world now living in urban centres, city residents’ quality of life, vulnerability to natural hazards and diets are matters of growing importance, drawing significant attention at the World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy, this week.

Two major studies launched to coincide with the Forum explore these issues. Both focus on the role of local governments and community initiatives in shaping sustainable policies for poor urban dwellers: Growing Greener Cities in Africa, a report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); and the Making Cities Resilient Report 2012, produced by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) for the UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).


Heinz® Ketchup Inspires More Environmentally Responsible Living This Summer with PlantBottle™ Packaging Promotion

submitted by Alison Thompson - July 17, 2012

A new Heinz(R) Ketchup campaign called "Join the Growing Movement" invites consumers to promise to be more environmentally responsible through a mobile application. For each pledge, Heinz will help plant a tree, up to 57,000 trees. (Photo: Business Wire)

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