Gift Catalog 2013

Help a farmer to grow better quality fruit trees

This investment provides farmers with seedlings and saplings of fruit trees along with the technical training necessary to grow high quality, higher yielding nutritious fruit. Throughout Haiti, local, low quality fruit trees are frequently cut down and used for making charcoal for cooking. These low quality fruit trees have no financial value to local farmers and the cutting down of these trees is a major contributor to deforestation. Transforming low quality fruit trees by grafting is a great way to protect the environment and generate increased income. The iF Foundation is working to improve the value of local fruit trees like mango, avocado and citrus through nursery production and by top-grafting trees in the field. The income generated from improved quality fruit trees will offer farmers hope for a brighter future.

Empower a local farmer to grow more nutritious, higher yielding staple crops

Improved quality seeds, specially selected for disease resistance and climate adaptability, along with high germination rates, can make the difference for local farmers whose livelihood depends on subsistence farming. In an effort to improve crop yields and farmer income, the iF Foundation is implementing a pilot project in northern Haiti to provide local farmers with the opportunity to increase and stabilize incomes from more productive, resilient and sustainable farming approaches. The first group of one hundred farmers will participate in this pilot project, planting a variety of staple crops on 50 hectares of land. These participating farmers will receive financial and technical assistance to include; interest free farm credit to pay for planting costs (seed, fertilizer, land tillage, etc). Foundation staff will provide training on improved agricultural techniques and farm management giving the participating farmers the best opportunity for success. Maize, a key staple crop grown in Haiti, offers poor nutritional value unless part of a varied diet, which is beyond the means of most people in rural Haiti. Improving the nutritional value of corn could also have a tremendous impact on Haiti’s malnutrition problem. Quality Protein Maize, or “QPM”, originally developed at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico in the late 1990s is a high quality, high yielding variety of corn which contains nearly twice as much protein as other maize grown in the tropics. Traditional corn yields an average of 0.8 metric tons per hectare where the QPM can yield 3-4 metric tons per hectare. With higher crop yields and improved nutritional value, QPM has the potential to empower local farmers to become food secure and to reduce poverty.

Help local farmers reduce dependency on expensive food import

You can help local farmers restore production of plantains, a major component of the Haitian diet. Locally grown plantains have almost been completely wiped out by the black Sigatoka fungus. The iF Foundation is working with local producer groups to grow a Sigatoka resistant plantain, improving production of this important local crop.

Provide school children with a nutritious egg breakfast

Your donation to the Haitian Pride Breakfast Program goes directly to the day-to-day operations of both the Haitian Pride Poultry Farm and the Breakfast Program. All eggs used for the breakfast program are grown locally in Coronel. The beneficiaries of the Breakfast Program are the school children at six primary schools in Dubre, a rural neighboring town of Thibeau. The program currently serves 2,480 sandwiches per week.

Your gift is made to the overall mission of the iF Foundation and symbolically represents our work. We use your resources where they will have the most impact by combining them with other donations to support farm families in northern Haiti.