Mouvman Peyizan 3e seksyon Kanperen received Equator Prize

South Haiti Environmental Peasant Movement awarded prestigious Equator Prize

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The yam famers of South Department, Haiti, organized under Mouvman Peyizan 3e seksyon Kanperen (MP3K) initiative have been awarded the Equator Prize by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The prize was given to acknowledge yam farmers' notable work on developing sustainable farming techniques and increasing their incomes 400%. MP3K Coordinator Chavannes Casseus accepted the award, which represented the progress the peasants' movement has made towards protection of the environment, food sufficiency, and lessening the effects of climate change. The award was presented by Minister of Environment Jean-Marie Claude Germain and UNDP Representative Peter de Clercq.

Since 2002 the Equator Prize has been a multi-lateral partnership born of the UN, nation-states, civil society, and local communities to advance sustainable farming practices, which lessen the effects of climate change on communities.

Casseus says with the global recognition that comes from receipt of the Equator Prize he is very encouraged to continue increasing the country's agricultural output. He is gratified the award has validated the long-term ". . . commitment in an area that is not too well understood . . ."

de Clercq said the awarding of the prize to MP3K heightens UNDP's awareness Haiti is capable of learning and adapting modern farming techniques to thwart global climate change, increase food self-sufficiency, and raise incomes dramatically. He adds he believes ". . . the actual development of Haiti cannot be achieved without a real strengthening of the agricultural sector in all its aspects."

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