In Haiti, more than half of the population lives below the poverty line, making roughly one dollar per day, and nearly half face problems related to malnutrition. With regard to agriculture, small local producers struggle to compete with big industries. However, intensive planting has caused soil erosion, at the same time that the forest has fallen to 2% of total land area. Poverty resulting from job insecurity and lack of jobs in general has led many to relocate to the Dominican Republic.
Drought is a natural physical phenomenon that frequently and regularly afflicts Northeast Brazil. For a long time, drought has been harming Brazil’s semi-arid regions, mainly by destroying local ecosystems, which causes significant losses in biodiversity.
This conference will touch on themes such as the ecological crises and citizen alternatives, strategies towards a more sustainable environment, fossil fuel conflicts, eco-socialism, and citizen mobilization to combat shale gas and the Tar sands as well as the ecological debt. In sum, it will be provide an opportunity to build a movement!
Alternative’s Rooftop Garden Project is working in partnership with APROSIFA, the Association for the Promotion of Integrated Family Health, to install an urban agriculture initiative in Port-aux-Prince. This CIDA funded project is designed to address both the short and long term food security needs of residents of the neighbourhood of Carrefour Feuilles.
This project is aimed to contribute to the environmental protection and improvement of the quality of life for small-scale farmers in Cuba and Haiti. The main outcome is hoped to be the launching of a Centre of Promotion and Development of Biogas that will serve to promote, train, circulate knowledge and transfer technology for the use of biogas in Cuba and Haiti.
We worked with the Yeoville Stakeholders Forum, regrouping 23 member organizations that were brought together twice every month. The forum encouraged the creation of community frameworks within organizations and was recently involved in the creation of an urban agriculture project.