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Jim Carrey’s Better U Foundation partners with the iF Foundation to improve food security and increase farmer income in rural Haiti

Jim Carrey, through the Better U Foundation, is bringing hope to farm families in northern Haiti.

Founded in 2005 by actor Jim Carrey, The Better U Foundation addresses food security by supporting the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). SRI is a method of growing rice that increases yields and reduces inputs. By reducing the amount of seed, water, chemical fertilizers and labor needed, SRI produces greater returns to farmers’ available resources and can lower production costs. This increases farmers’ incomes and increases the profitability of rice farming. The SRI method can also be used for growing other crops like sugar cane. Learn more about the SRI method of growing rice.
The Better U Foundation and the iF Foundation are working together to transform the region by supporting local communities, teaching farmers improved agricultural methods and by providing them with the tools and resources they need to be successful.

 

New Hope for Haitian Food Security – System of Rice intensification (SRI)

The iF Foundation in partnership with the Better U Foundation is bringing SRI to northern Haiti. The System of Rice Intensification, better known as SRI is a method of growing rice that increases yields and reduces inputs. By reducing the amount of seed, water, chemical fertilizers and labor needed, SRI produces greater returns to farmers’ available resources and can lower production costs. This increases farmers’ incomes and increases the profitability of rice farming. The SRI method can also be used for growing other crops like sugar cane. Learn more about the SRI method of growing rice.

During the first week of June, the long awaited SRI Training of Trainers program was held for rice and sugar cane. Seventeen Haitians achieved Level 1 Training of Trainers status and eight farmers were recognized as SRI Growers. Five demonstration plots were planted in Coronel and Dubre as part of the training. Heavy rains delayed planting the two large pilot fields each on 2.5 hectares because the land was too wet to use the tractor. These pilot plots will be planted later in June. During the SRI pilot, the iF Foundation will introduce homegrown composting, small scale mechanization and the installation of new mill equipment at our technical center in Coronel. The technical center will serve as the central support location for SRI production for rice and sugar cane through-out northern Haiti

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