"The pilot program represents a break with the traditional development model that often lasts only as long as the external funding," said Hugh Locke, co-founder and president of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance. "Following the pilot's success, we will launch the next agroforestry cooperative in July when we begin working with the next group of 2,000 farmers in a different location. We're planning to follow with many more cooperatives as the nation's farmers start to take the lead in restoring the tree cover – without which no country can prosper sustainably."The true test of the success of this program came when farmers throughout Haiti lost between 40 and 70 percent of their crops as a result of hurricanes Isaac and Sandy last year. Income from tree sales enabled cooperative members to purchase extra seed to replant their storm-damaged fields, and the cooperative took care of each other without turning to government or donor sources for assistance.
Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, And Counting
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