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Past Projects

Relief Response to Hurricane Matthew

Objectives: Following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, FIDA/pcH partnered with World Renew and Canada Food Grains Bank to deliver short -term relief to 1600 families that suffered complete loss of home and livelihood. The project includes an extensive survey of over 3,000 households. It is advised the relief should not etend beyond three months in order to mitigate long term dependency. Toward this end, seeds will be provided for the upcoming planting season.
Cost: $660, 000 USD
Term: November 2016-February 2017
Funder/Partner: World Renew/CFGB (Canada Food Grains Bank)

 Response to Hurricane Matthew

Objectives: Hurricane Matthew devastated three cooperatives in the Grand Anse Department of Haiti, representing over 3000 members. FIDA/pcH is able to respond through support received from a number of current partners.  Initial response allows us to deliver food kits and emergency shelter.
The distribution can be completed in a fair and equitable manner because of the values and principles that cooperatives are trained in such as: democracy, participation, gender equity, accountability and transparency. We are proud of the leadership these cooperatives provide in their communities and appreciative of our donors and partners whose investment continues to be affirmed.
Cost: $152,000 CAD
Term: October-December 2016
Funder/Partner: World Renew, World Accord, Crossroads Christian Communication, Hope International, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, Semiahmoo Rotary Club, Cambridge North Rotary Club, and other significant donors.

Assesing Capacity of Agricultural Cooperatives in Haiti

Objectives: FIDA/pcH is contracted to assess the capacity and potential of existing cooperatives in Haiti to produce crops for large-scale export and local consumption. Cooperatives will be evaluated in terms of their institutional strength and capacity, their adherence to the Seven International Principles of Cooperative, their current challenges and strengths. Cooperatives must be registered with Haiti’s National Council of Cooperatives. Approximately, 28 cooperatives will be selected representing about 10% of all registered agricultural cooperatives  in Haiti.
Cost: $55,000 USD
Term: April-June 2016
Funder/Partner:

InterAmerica Development Bank

Food Security Support for Farmers in Fon Batis

Objectives: To improve food security and livelihoods for 5,000 farmers in Fon Batis, including 3,000 cooperative farmers and 2,000 non-cooperative farmers. Farmers in Fon Batis are suffering from extreme food insecurity following the destruction of their harvests and their seed stores in the 2012 planting season. A period of drought followed by two hurricanes in 2012 caused widespread crop destruction in Haiti. Farmers in Fon Batis will receive badly needed distributions of seeds, and technical support from pcH agronomists for the next two planting seasons. Cooperatives will receive capital credit to store harvests and support member farmers in times of need. Cooperative members will also receive training in management and accounting of loans. Farmers in Fon Batis will be able to diversify their crops and provide a store of harvests and seeds not only to recover from the current food insecurity, but also to withstand similar shocks in the future.
Cost: $70,000 USD
Term: One year
Funder/Partner: Hope International Development Agency (HIDA)

Food Security Reinforcement in Fon Batis

Objectives: To improve food security and livelihoods for 500 cooperative farmers in Fon Batis. Farmers in Fon Batis are suffering from extreme food insecurity following the destruction of their harvests and their seed stores in the 2012 planting season. A period of drought, followed by two hurricanes in 2012, caused widespread crop destruction across Haiti. Members of three cooperatives in Fon Batis will receive badly needed distributions of seeds and tools. Cooperatives will receive capital credit to store harvests and support member farmers in times of need. Cooperative members will also receive training in seed multiplication techniques, pest management and storage techniques, market vegetable production, and organic composting techniques. Farmers will be able to diversify their crops and provide a store of harvests and seeds not only to recover from the current food insecurity, but also to withstand similar shocks in the future. Click here to find out more about World Accord's partnership with FIDA/pcH in Haiti.
Cost: $20,000 USD
Term: Six months
Funder/Partner: World Accord

Improved Livestock Raising and Business Management for Poultry Production

Objectives: To train pcH staff and community members in Zoranger in improved management of poultry for meat and egg production, and to provide an example of a viable poultry production unit that is appropriate to the local context. pcH staff will be trained on how to implement and support poultry production programs in rural Haiti. In particular, pcH staff will receive training in poultry husbandry, health management, and basic business management relating to poultry production. Community members in Zoranger will receive training in poultry husbandry, disease control, feeding, and improving local feeds. Four localities in Zoranger will participate in the construction and management of demonstration chicken coops. Project participants will experience how to manage viable, appropriate poultry production units and how to apply basic farm management skills. pcH will increase their capacity in delivering poultry production support to rural communities in Haiti.
Cost: $25,000 CAD
Term: Three months
Funder/Partner: University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), Interantional Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA), and Haiti Broilers

Community Engagement and Cooperative Development in Bristout/Bobin

Objectives: To establish two new cooperatives in the community of Bristout/Bobin in Port-au-Prince. The new cooperatives will own and operate a community waste management program and two new plastics recycling centers. Cooperative members will receive training in principles of cooperative management, business management, safe operation of equipment, and sorting and recycling of plastics. A cadre of male and female cooperative leaders and members will become capable of sustaining the project activities over the long term. Cooperative members will be able to disseminate knowledge to the wider community, resulting in growth of the cooperative and the recycling business. The problem of overwhelming plastics waste in the community will be addressed and the community will benefit from better waste management. Partner staff will also be trained in the use of participatory methodology in implementing cooperative development programs.
Cost: $52,000 USD
Term: Ten months
Funder/Partner: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Haiti Urban Gardens Project

Objectives: To test the viability of a program that reaches out to women to develop urban gardens in some of the most marginalized areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In this pilot project, 75 urban residents will take part in a demonstration garden, learn horticulture production techniques, and learn how to use environmentally sustainable technologies suited to cities, such as rainwater harvesting and household waste management. Participants will learn to cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, roots, tubers, and herbs in small spaces such as patios, balconies, and rooftops. Through cultivation of these micro-gardens, low income families will be able to meet their basic dietary needs for vitamins, minerals, and plant protein by gaining direct access to fresh, nutritious vegetables every day. Families will also earn extra income from the sale of small surpluses.
Cost: $59,000 USD
Term: Fifteen months
Funder/Partner: Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Project CATR (Coopérative Agricole de Terrier Rouge)

Objectives: To improve the socioeconomic situation of community members in Terrier Rouge through the support of productive agricultural cooperatives. From July to September 2010, farmers organized into rotating work groups and prepared and planted three hectares of farmland. 22 garden beds were prepared for market vegetables, including cabbage and peppers. 121 cooperative members received training in management of the cooperative and cultivation of cabbage, bean, corn, and leek crops. Cooperative leaders received training in accounting and bookkeeping. Crops were harvested and sold, and plans were prepared for future planting seasons. 101 members participated in a General Assembly in which two new members were elected to the Board of Directors and one new member was elected to the Monitoring Committee. The Monitoring and Administrative Committees also received training appropriate to their responsibilities.
Cost: $40,000 CAD per year
Term: Ongoing
Funder/Partner: Zanmi CATR

Productive Agricultural Cooperatives Duchity

Objectives: To improve the socioeconomic situation of community members through the creation of productive agricultural cooperatives in Duchity. Three agricultural cooperatives will be established in the community of Duchity. More than 600 members will receive training in literacy, improved agricultural techniques, improved environmental practices, management of the cooperative, and management of small enterprise. New community leadership will emerge and local women's groups will be reinforced. Agricultural output and small enterprise will diversify and increase. Agricultural and capital credit will be granted to the cooperatives. Average incomes of cooperative members are expected to increase by 40% by the end of this project.
Cost: $954,147 USD
Term: Four years
Funder/Partner: Premier Equipment, Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO), Semiahmoo Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Waterloo, Rotary Club of Cambridge North, Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium, Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) through ERDO, CCCI.

Agricultural Revitalization - Haiti

Objectives: To improve household and community livelihoods for approximately 4,027 men, 4,361 women, and 4,194 children of earthquake-affected populations in Fon Batis and Délis. Six crop storage silos and one tool storage building were constructed for seven cooperatives to store their crops and tools during the dry season. Over 2,000 female and male cooperative members received improved seed varieties and agricultural tools to help them restart viable agricultural activities. 4,168 female and 3,904 male cooperative members participated in training to broaden their knowledge and improve their capacity in cooperative leadership, principles of cooperative development, soil conservation and environmental protection, and pest management and grain storage. Agricultural production and profitability increased for local community members. Livelihoods and food security were strengthened for both individuals displaced by the earthquake and host families who took them in after the disaster.
Cost: $1,176,960 CAD
 Term: 2011-2013
Funder/Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and HOPE International Development Agency

Project Coopérative des Planteurs de Gorgette (CPG)

Objectives: To improve food security and livelihoods for members of the Coopérative des Planteurs de Gorgette (CPG) in Duchity through support for food production and literacy. 748 cooperative members received literacy training in seven different local literacy centers in Gorgette. 120 farmers were trained in organic composting techniques, and 150 farmers were trained in organic pest management techniques. 100 farmers received training and credit for bean cultivation, an important regional crop. Through literacy training, cooperative members became empowered to participate in cooperative activities and improve the functioning and the profitability of the cooperative. Through agricultural training and credit, farmers were able to increase food production and food availability in the region. 
Cost: $25,000 CAD
 Term: 2012-2013
Funder/Partner: World Accord

Lafiteau Community Motivation Mission

Objectives: To motivate community members in Lafiteau to participate actively in a respectful dialogue process and to assist them in overcoming obstacles and constraints in order to participate fully in the social and economic development of their community. Community members in Lafiteau analyzed their daily lives and learned to identify factors of dependency and resistance within their community. They learned to understand the dynamics of different community groups and how they function, prioritized community needs and resources, developed ideas for concrete collective action, and worked towards the socioeconomic development of Lafiteau. The community is now prepared to work together in a larger development project to create a lasting improvement in the lives of community members in Lafiteau.
Cost: $62,000 USD
 Term: 2012
Funder/Partner: Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO)

Building Local Agricultural and Agro-Forestry Capacity in Duchity

Objectives: To facilitate the development of a 20 year operational plan to support agricultural and agro-forestry production in Duchity, located in the department of Grand Anse in the south of the country. Forests without Borders staff, pcH staff and members of three cooperatives in Duchity were trained in how to develop agro-forestry systems for the short, medium, and long term. Training focused on plant and tree identification, nursery production techniques, plantation establishment, and tending and installing biogas generation systems. pcH staff gained the capacity to continue the process once this project ended. pcH staff and community members in Duchity also learned to train other trainers, disseminate knowledge and skills, and continue to build in-country professional agro-forestry capacity in Haiti.
Cost: $25,000 CAD
 Term: 2012
Funder/Partner: Forests Without Borders

Saint-Marc Cholera Prevention and Treatment Project

Objectives: To decrease preventable deaths due to cholera, diarrheal illness, and other hygiene related illnesses for farming families in Haut Saint-Marc. 300 women and men from three local cooperatives were trained in basic hygiene practices such as hand washing and water purification. Training also focused on building and maintaining latrines that are appropriate to the local community, and basic assessment and treatment skills for diarrheal illness. Local cooperative members in Haut Saint-Marc, an area particularly hard-hit by the cholera epidemic, enhanced their skills in the prevention and treatment of cholera. They gained increased capacity to protect their own general health and to advocate for their health needs and the greater systems that affect their well-being.
Cost: $63,000 USD
 Term: 2012
Funder/Partner: Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO) and Dr. Becky Eleck

Enhanced Livestock Health and Production Capacity in Rural Cooperatives

Objectives: To increase the capacity of pcH in the area of basic animal health services by providing training to its members and to develop and promote the use of best practices in livestock health in rural Haitian cooperatives through training of trainers. pcH staff received training in community-based animal health work and have become more proficient as trainers and administrators of best practices for livestock health and production management. pcH staff have gained increased access to course materials and resources that will assist them in training cooperative members in livestock health and production techniques. As a result, pcH-supported cooperatives and their members gained increased access to trained personnel delivering agricultural and veterinary services. Cooperative members have increased their knowledge and skill in livestock health and production management. Click here to find out more about ISCA's partnership with FIDA/pcH in Haiti.
Cost: $25,000 CAD
 Term: 2012
Funder/Partner: University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) and International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA)

Food Aid Distribution for HUEH (Hôpital de l'Université d'État d'Haïti) Employees

Objectives: To promote local production by purchasing locally-grown products from member farmers of pcH-supported cooperatives in Fon Batis and Saint Marc to be used in food aid distributions for 45 employees of HUEH hospital in Port-au-Prince. HUEH hospital workers experienced diminished earnings following the earthquake on January 12, 2010. 80% of personnel lost their homes and experienced enormous stresses on personal incomes. 
Cost: $14,000 USD
 Term: 2010-2011
Funder/Partner: Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO) and facilitated by Dr. Yuri Zelenski

Productive Agricultural Support for Victims of the January 12 Earthquake

Objectives: To support agricultural production, reinforce food security, and improve the incomes of farmers and victims of the January 12 earthquake in Fon Batis, Saint Marc, and Breli. More than 300 farmers from 5 cooperatives received distributions of cabbage and leek seeds and sweet potato seedlings. 125 farmers were trained in organic pest control techniques and received pest traps. Cooperative members received training in the philosophy and principles of credit management, and credit contracts were established with two cooperatives. Cooperative farmers received 26,200 gourdes in agricultural credit in order to finance the planting season. Community members also received 32,000 kg of cement to rebuild destroyed and damaged homes.
Cost: $25,000 USD
 Term: 2011
Funder/Partner: Hope International Development Agency (HIDA)

Gonaïves Community Motivation and Mobilization

Objectives: To motivate community members in Gonaïves, who are participants in an ongoing housing project implemented by Haven Partnership, to become more engaged in development of their community and less dependent on Haven. 258 families from the localites of Raboto, Mapou and Morne Blanc, who have already received permanent housing in a new village, learned to participate fully in the socioeconomic development of their community. Community members organized, formed committees and participated in planning and evaluation sessions with Haven. Members learned to prioritize and address their needs collectively, resulting in decreased reliance on Haven for support. The community became motivated to provide for themselves and created a lasting transformation for its members.
Cost: $54,841 USD
 Term: 2011
Funder/Partner: Haven Partnership

Post-Earthquake Food Security in Saint Marc and Fon Batis

Objectives: To improve food security and livelihoods for earthquake affected populations in the Saint Marc and Fon Batis areas through the support of productive agricultural cooperatives. 120 farmers were trained in market gardening, management and treatment of seeds and pest management. 6 market gardens were established. Displaced populations, along with members of six existing cooperatives, participated in agricultural and cooperative activities. New methods and techniques to increase production were applied by local farmers, resulting in improved yields, increased incomes and greater food security in Saint Marc and Fon Batis. Click here to find out more about World Accord's partnership with FIDA/pcH in Haiti.
Cost: $24,000 USD
 Term: 2011
Funder/Partner: World Accord

Post-Earthquake Food Security Response

Objectives: To improve food security and increase family income through the construction of water cisterns providing irrigation and allowing for growing during the dry season in Fon Batis and Délis. 1,025 farmers benefited from the construction of 25 water cisterns. Temporary jobs were created for both host families and displaced populations. Displaced populations were integrated into the local community. Agricultural output increased through the cultivation of an extra season of crops, and budgets of host families were stabilized.
Cost: $120,000 USD
 Term: 2010-2011
Funder/Partner: Oxfam-Québec

Improving Food Security through Livestock and Agricultural Production

Objectives: To provide a sustainable source of income for farmers in Délis, Breli and Fon Batis through the improvement of livestock breeding practices for goats and the distribution of new seed varieties. More than 3,000 farmers received 20 tonnes of sorghum, beans, maize, sweet potato and black bean seeds, and more than 30 tonnes were harvested. Goats were distributed to 200 families. Farmers received training in proper breeding practices for goats, combating livestock disease and proper nutrition for goats.
Cost: $60,000 USD
 Term: 2010-2011
Funder/Partner: Oxfam-Québec

Improving Food Security through Agricultural Cooperatives

Objectives: To improve food security and livelihoods of earthquake-affected populations in Saint Marc and Fon Batis, through the support of agricultural cooperatives. More than 450 farmers from 3 cooperatives participated in a seed and grain storage program and received training in the managment of pests related to storage. 95 farmers received training in market gardening techniques and received distributions of vegetable seeds. Agricultural credit was provided to purchase bean seeds and farming tools for the planting season. Capital credit was provided to purchase and store grain and seed from the January 2011 harvest.
Cost: $25,000 USD
 Term: 2010-2011
Funder/Partner: Hope International Development Agency (HIDA)

Immediate Post-Earthquake Response

Objectives: To provide immediate assistance to 9,637 earthquake victims through the distribution of thousands of units of food, household and hygiene kits, water, bache (tarps), sheets, mattresses, and cement. Following several sessions of psychosocial support for our staff, teams were sent out to collect data from the field. They met with leaders of cooperatives, local authorities, and previous project participants to gather information. Upon return, the information was analyzed and a plan was prepared. We discovered that the population had increased by 30% because of migration from the city. We learned that EVERY family was impacted and that its household size had increased as did its responsibility to provide. The survey enabled us to provide appropriate relief. In our strategy, we depend on the participation of local authroities. It is a sound strategy because it is peaceful. Absolutely no incidents were reported. It was noted that in all areas, people complained that many other agencies delivered aid "by themselves" without engaging the local leaders. They also reported seeing many new NGOs that they had never seen before. On the radio, people demanded that aid agencies report where the money is going, what they are doing, and what areas they are working in. The pcH team reflected that if 50% of NGOs would engage in the participatory approach, Haiti would be transformed.
Cost: $181,000 CAD
 Term: 2010
Funder/Partner: Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA)

Gran Guillon Watershed Management and Irrigation Rehabilitation

Objectives: To secure the source of livelihood for 1500 farming families by rehabilitating and protecting irrigation system from future environmental affects.
Cost: $648,156 CAD
Term: 2006-2009
Funder/Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Association des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques Haitiano-Canadiens (AIHC)

Alphabétisation des Jeunes à Travers les Cooperatives

Objectives: To empower the community of Fon Batis to bring about sustainable change in their quality of life by strengthening the capacity to manage a transformational educational system for unschooled youth and prepare them for an appreciation for and active participation in the cooperative movement.
Cost: $525,456 USD
Term: 2003-2005
Funder/Partner: CGF

Productive Cooperatives - Chaîne des Matheux

Objectives: To strengthen the foundation for enduring and productive cooperation among a series of agricultural cooperatives in the Chaîne des Matheux Mountain range; to foster a legacy of democratic cooperation and an enduring improvement in the quality of life for the members.
Cost: $1,459,656 CAD
Term: 2002-2005
Funder/Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Productive Cooperatives - Haute St. Marc

Objectives: To empower the members of the community of Haute St. Marc to improve their quality of life by strengthening the cooperatives toward being financially viable and self-governed enterprises; to foster the acceptance of the cooperative as a democratic model to mobilize human and financial resources; and to provide requisite skills, in particular through an innovative adult literacy component, to enable members to be active participants in bringing about transformative social and economic change.
Cost: $939,035 CAD
Term: 2001-2005
Funder/Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Productive Cooperatives - Fon Batis

Objectives: To empower the members of the community of Fon Batis to improve their quality of life by strengthening the cooperatives toward being financially viable and self-governed enterprises; to foster the acceptance of the cooperative as a democratic model to mobilize human and financial resources; and to provide requisite skills, in particular through an innovative adult literacy component, to enable members to be active participants in bringing about transformative social and economic change.
Cost: $1,012,500 CAD
Term: 2000-2003
Funder/Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Fon Batis Community Clinic

Objectives: To establish a community owned and managed health clinic to serve the population of Fon Batis.
Cost: $12,684 USD
Term: 2000-2001
Funder/Partner: Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA)

Rural Cooperative Training and Initiatives

Objectives: To increase agricultural based incomes and enhance rural lifestyles by institutionalizing the cooperative model in five rural areas in Haiti.
Cost: $623,325 CAD
Term: 1996-1998
Funder/Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

 

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