Pro-Huerta (Argentina) and “ti jaden òganik” (Haiti): eyecatchers for WFP and FAO (City Farmer News / IPS)

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Organic Gardens Feeding People from Argentina to Haiti

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13,000 Haitian families currently work with 23 agronomists in the “ti jaden òganik” (Creole for “small organic garden”)

By Jane Regan and Marcela Valente
Oct. 22, 2010


BUENOS AIRES/PORT AU PRINCE, Oct 22, 2010 (IPS) – Neither hurricanes nor floods, nor the devastating January earthquake or Haiti’s chronic political instability managed to wipe out the organic gardening initiative underway in that country since 2005. The seed was planted in Argentina twenty years ago.

Some 13,000 Haitian families (90,000 people in all) currently work with 23 agronomists in the “ti jaden òganik” (Creole for “small organic garden”) project, growing their own food. The goal is to engage one million people in this form of production.

The aim of the programme, which began in Argentina under the name Pro-Huerta and is known in French as Programme d’Autoproduction d’Aliments Frais (“Self-Sufficient Fresh Vegetable Programme”), is to promote organic gardens in both cities and rural areas.

So when the Haitian capital and several smaller cities and towns were devastated by the catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake, which killed more than 220,000 people and left 1.3 million homeless, some families had their own garden production to fall back on and cover some of their food needs, agronomist Emmanuel Fenelon, director of the programme in Haiti, told IPS.



Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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