Monday, March 22, 2010

TractorShare Deploys Haitian Assessment Teams

We have two ongoing assessments in Haiti this week.  Ben is in Limbe, observing our agricultural activities.  We're supporting subsistence farmers, organized into cooperatives, with the assistance of the Belarus tractor during the planting season, which will be essential to increasing their crop yield.  Food shortages continue to be reported throughout the country, and we remain focused on increasing the yield of Haitian farmers as the best way to alleviate the shortage.

Meanwhile, Kim is conducting an assessment of earthquake recovery operations in Port-au-Prince.  She'll be meeting with Haitian and US officials, observing the operations of the recently-deployed industrial tractor, and conducting a needs assessment so that we can plan our next steps.

We'll be posting pics next week of our teams and activities!

1 comment:

  1. During my 8 day visit to the Cap-Haitien/Limbe in northern Haiti, I saw exactly one tractor--and it was rumbling down a main road in Cap-Haitien, not in the field. In the fertile Limbe Valley, farmers were planting and harvesting by hand as they had been doing for 200 years. The simple introduction of our tractor will allow farmers to produce significantly more over a greater area. In Haiti, relatively small targeted contributions like a tractor can make a huge difference.