Caiman | Haiti

Agricultural development

Agricultural Development - Caiman - Haiti
In progress
Project Status
In progress

Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly through small-scale subsistence farming. They are vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters exacerbated by the country’s widespread deforestation. In Caiman, the largest obstacles to success for farmers are a lack of access to water during the dry season and a lack of education in farming methods. United Christians International (UCI) is addressing these issues by providing irrigation pumps and agricultural education in the community. Sol Louie is an agronomist who teaches at the university and is on the UCI board. Sol, along with some of the agricultural students from the university, provide most of the agricultural training for local farmers, including training on how to use and maintain a mechanical irrigation system. These systems are made up of a portable water pump and plenty of flexible piping that allow the farmers to fill basins on higher ground with water from the river. The water is then gravity-fed from the basins to the gardens and fields. Usually between three and five families share each pump. Each family pays a small amount to cover the fuel and maintenance costs of the systems and meets with the rest of the families regularly to share ideas and talk about how things are going with their crops.

Sol also oversees an animal husbandry program at UCI. Pigs, goats, and cows are given to a local family under the condition that the first litter be given back to UCI. UCI then gives the animals to other families in the area. The program is growing at such a rate that an enclosure needs to be built for litters of animals that have come back and are waiting until being given to families.

With the success of these programs, UCI envisions future projects of benefit to the community and the university. A 10,000 bird chicken barn, an aquaponics system, and many more agricultural trainings are on the table for the future.

Latest update

University farm becomes reality

For more than 10 years United Christians International (UCI) has been praying for land to use in the agricultural program at the university. Their desire is for students to receive much hands-on experience during their time at the university and have been able to offer that on small plots of rented land. However, availability was determined by the owner and UCI was never able to have a 'university farm.'  

Recently, however, UCI was able to purchase a 17-acre plot of land, thanks to your donations! This will enable students to work with the tractor, oxen and by hand. UCI will be teaching several types of irrigation techniques including motorized pump, drip, and hand-carry methods as well as animal husbandry on the new land.  

UCI plans to teach about soil conservation and other sustainable agricultural techniques. A major blessing of that venture will be that the university's cafeteria will benefit from the produce. UCI anticipates that they will have more than needed for the cafeteria and will be able to sell their produce in the local market and even in the cities. That profit will then support the university by defraying the costs of running a university that offers a low tuition. 

“How can I express how big of a blessing this was? From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank Derek, Joe, and Dick for making this possible! May God abundantly bless you." Jean Jean and Kristie Mompremier

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