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Haiti - Agriculture : The President of the UPA met with President Martelly
13/08/2011 13:24:45

Haiti - Agriculture : The President of the UPA met with President Martelly
A delegation of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) is in Haiti since the beginning of the week, during this visit the President of the UPA, Mr. Christian Lacasse, had a meeting, before his departure for Chile, with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly to discuss of sustainable agriculture. Were also present at the meeting, Alfred Étienne, General Coordinator of FODESA-5 and André D. Beaudoin, Secretary General of UPA DI. Mr. Lacasse ha indicated that this meeting enabled him to gauge the interest of the Haitian presidentfor agriculture, the result is that the agriculture is a priority of President Martelly and that he is convinced that it is one of the keys allowing a true sustainable development of the country. The state of agriculture of the country, and its ability to ensure food security of the population, was at the heart of trade.

"The first sovereign of a country is that to feed its people decently," said Lacasse "Haiti has a great agricultural potential that deserves to be better exploited," according to him "it is necessary to work to better make match, the agricultural production, to the food needs of the population."

The UPA is present in Haiti, in the region of Labrousse, since 2009. It realized with the Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FODESA-5) an integrated program of training and development of the agriculture. With this program, farmer groups have access to a training process, development funds, and to a technical support supporting their approach. The essential remains the decisive role of farmers in this development, allowing an awareness of their full citizenship. Lacasse argued "that the pride of being farmer is the beginning of the realization of our individual and collective ambitions."

The President martelly and his advisers were impressed and particularly interested by the program Les Savoirs des gens de la terre (LSGT). The President wished to recall that in addition to education and job creation, the agriculture and domestic production are among the pillars of his program of change and of sustainable development of the country.

Funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) of about 2 million Canadian dollars has allowed the UPA to make possible:

  • The training of more than 200 peasant families.
  • The start of 87 projects to improve farms.
  • The development of erosion control measures of 25 hectares of the 200 hectares planned by June 2012.
  • The establishment of a farm school and other activities of support for a little over 700 peasant families.

Learn more about the UPA
The UPA was founded in 1993, UPA Développement international (UPA DI), which defends a model of agriculture economically equitable, socially just, culturally appropriate and environmentally friendly. UPA DI is present in Haiti and in a dozen of countries of Africa and Latin America and promotes a co-operation of farmers to farmers.

Learn more about FODESA-5
FODESA-5 is a private, charitable, secular, apolitical and non-profit organization. Well established in the area of Labrousse since 1998 it carries out its mission to support the inhabitants in the improvement of their living conditions. This makes of FODESA-5 an organization well known and credible at the eyes of its financial partners, and among the population it serves.

On the picture from left to right, Alfred Étienne, Christian Lacasse, Michel Martelly, André Beaudoin and Francisco Jovin.

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