Agriculture and Food
We do our best to address all the problems related to agriculture and food. You will have the opportunity to discover some of the best Haitian dishes as well
The Foundation for the Development of Chardonnieres has, for the 3rd consecutive year, arranged the Festival of Grape of Chardonnieres in the Southern Department. In general, this function is meant to market national traditions. It is also targeted at reviving the domestic growing of grapes and highlighting Chardonnieres. This event took place over a week from the 23rd to the 28th of July, 2014. This event was be supported by Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL).
What does the festival offer?
The President of Fodech, Alix Denis Hibarts, who is also a member and organizer of the festival promised and delivered the following activities at the festival:
• Lectures had been offered
Genetically modified (GM) foods have been part of the food supply chain since 1994. They have stirred up controversy, especially against one of its manufacturers, Monsanto. Critics of GM foods point to studies conducted on animals that show GM foods change metabolic rates, cause inflammation, kidney and liver malfunction, and impaired fertility. In one experiment, hamsters were given a GM soy diet. They bred at normal rates for the first two generations, but by the third breeding rates dropped about 50%, in comparison to the non-GM soy control group.
Another distressing problem for allergy sufferers' concerns transfer of genes occurring between plants issuing from allergic proteins like peanuts or wheat surfacing in random foods such as sugar or soy. But a Monsanto representative assures critics seed storehouses use high-tech equipment to analyze the seed genome. On the other hand, when modifying a seed genome, it is not always a fail-safe method, and the outcomes not guaranteed. One example is the chance new allergens will be produced.
Charlie Bowen is a resident of Maryville. For the past three years, he has been raising his family using products from hydroponics. Hydroponics is a water-based method of producing some farm products. However, currently he is trying to get into aquaponics. Aquaponic is hydroponics combined with fish farming. It has a mutual benefit to both the fish and the farm products. They help each other while growing, since fish will provide the manure while the plants give fish food.
Lonia is an adopted daughter of Bowen, from Haiti. She comes from a family of four in Haiti, and she is the inspiration for Bowen to start aquaponics. Bowen and his wife Teresa adopted Lonia when she was 11 months old when a medical condition that she had meant that she couldn't live with her family. Therefore, Bowen adopted her so that she could receive medical treatment in Maryville.
February 7, 1986 will forever remain a historic day in Haiti. It was on that day that Jean Claude Duvalier dove with his family in their Mercedes to the airport where a pre-arranged US government flight took them to Paris for exile. The cause of his ousting from power was a combination of several issues: the deepening of poverty in Haiti, corruption and a lavish lifestyle initiated by the new First Lady, Michele Bennett.
While life was beautiful at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian population was falling deeper and deeper into poverty. The biggest single event that caused the population to be fed up with the government was the eradication of Creole pig.
The Minister of Agriculture came out to declare himself highly concerned by the statements of one of the leaders of Mouvman Peyizan Papaya (MPP) that encouraged farmers to take action, affirming that it is time to use their machetes in order to attack government officials.
The controversy was minimized, as Thomas Jaques, declared that those statements went against republican values and the democratic ideals pursued by all civilized people. He called an incitement to hatred as obsolete in today's Haitian society. The result is still to be awaited. For this is not the first time that that Mouvman Peyizan Papay invites to direct action, the peasants of Haiti.
Some are talking about Rhum Barbancourt, other think that it is manufacture. The sad thing is that many of us don't know that we are the number one producer of vetiver in the world. I am not talking just about Vetiver. We have been producing one of the most prized essential oils for high-end perfumes.
They Oil made from the Haiti vetiver is one of the best found in the entire world. It smell very good. The fragrance industry however gets it for close to nothing.
The distillation of vetiver's aromatic is the base of famous fragrances sold by Chanel, Guerlain, Estee Lauder, Christian Dior and Hermès.
When Anne and Stephanie Reynolds were visiting Haiti over a decade ago they were deeply affected by the poverty they witnessed. According to World Bank, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
After returning home to Alabama, U.S., the Reynolds began putting into action ways they could help the residents of Haiti. Clothing and care packages were sent, but they also thought long term. The Reynolds collected funds to open a school for the children of Plaisance. With this project complete, they quickly moved to the next stage of support and that was to create jobs for the graduates, thus allowing the town to begin pulling itself out of poverty and become self-sustaining.
A change in how the U.S. delivers food aid to war-torn countries has been signed into law as part of the farm law legislation. Instead of food aid being produced in the U.S. and sent to emerging nations, the government will purchase food where the poor live and distribute cash vouchers to them. Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, said this would make it faster to get food because the majority of recipients purchase food at stores. Right now, the demand for food is critical in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, and Philippines. The new laws could help feed 800,000 more refugees in these and other places.
Agri-Supply Company, familiarly known as Frager, located in the city of Les Cayes, sustained considerable damage when a fire broke out at the manufacturing facility recently. The fire investigators have not yet determined if the fire was an accident or act of arson.
Frager is the southwest region's biggest employer, supplying work for 25,000 peasant families. They grow and harvest vetiver, an ingredient in European perfumes. They sell their harvests to Frager, who has plant workers draw out its essential oil and prepare it to ship to Europe.
Although no one died or was injured, the fire has affected the southwest area's economy, Frager being the main driver of it. Frager is the primary producer and exporter of vetiver oil globally, its production output nearly two-thirds of the island's production.
Mario Perez, Director of the Dominican Institute of Grape, brought together a meeting for the discussion of cultivating vines in the south of Haiti. The vine would be used for the production of wine in the region.
Different environmental factors including appropriate sunlight, climate and well drained soil are necessary for growing vine grapes which normally take around three years to mature into viable grapes. Small bunches of shoots appear when the grapevine is planted in a spring season, which then has the tendency to rapidly grow in the first year. A thick trunk appears and a side cane grows using the support of a fence or wiring.
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