Haiti Planting Importance

Jeshua Cardenas
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Our tree planting initiative in Haiti has been making constructive strides since 2002. Our team rose to an inspirational milestone in 2009, planting over a million trees in communities along the Arcadine coast. Keeping up this momentum, we partnered with over 1,600 farmers in 2012, resulting in an additional planting of another million trees.

Why Plant Trees in Haiti?

Tree planting is intrinsic to Haiti’s restoration efforts. Our focus is on planting trees that serve multiple purposes – providing fruit, animal fodder, construction material, and sustainable fuelwood for locals. By integrating trees into the agricultural systems of the local communities, we strive to bring a sustainable solution for their needs.

Our Approach

Our tree planting partners channel their extensive experience and the understanding of local communities’ urgent needs towards creating community-led projects. One such initiative in 2008 supported over 200 farmers in Leogane to plant around 250,000 forest and fruit trees.

Planting Schedule and Tree Selection

Arboriculture in Haiti is primarily concentrated during the two rainy seasons, usually around April/May and September/October. The selection of trees includes locally sourced seeds like Moringa Oliefera, Jatropha Curcas, and Leuceana spp. This ensures the adaptation of trees to the local environment while simultaneously supporting local operations.

Tree Species Suitability

In consideration of local needs and preferences, a balance is maintained in planting both native and non-native trees, contributing to a more diversified and robust ecosystem. The chosen trees not only rejuvenate the degraded soil and improve the water table, but also provide a sustainable source of fuelwood, animal fodder, and food.

Moringa leaves, in particular, have proven to be significantly beneficial for both human and livestock consumption, contributing substantially in combating malnutrition. Fast-growing trees such as Leucaena, Acacia, and Gliricidia, contribute promptly to addressing pressing issues such as fuelwood need, soil degradation, and the decrease of the water table.

Towards a Sustainable Future

Farmers play a crucial role in the success of these initiatives as they are responsible for tree selection and subsequent care. Moreover, while fruit and timber trees are progressively planted, repeatedly used in local dishes, and to nurture sustainability, farmers also gravitate towards faster-growing trees.

However, the tree species selection is always left to the farmers’ discretion, ensuring they have a choice in what they grow and care for. It is our belief that through the culmination of these collective efforts, we can significantly contribute to restoring the ecological balance and foster healthier communities in Haiti.

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