Lalanne & Pascal training center has included in its program the teaching and practice of agroforestry: development of a tree nursery, distribution of seedlings and monitoring of plantations are all managed by the center’s students.
Following the development of the elementary school « Anacaona de Tamarin » which has welcomed more than 320 children since 17 years, the Lalanne & Pascal association has broaden its scope of action by, henceforth, developing a professional training center offering a course focused on the improvement of people’s autonomy within the Haitian economy, stimulating a local sustainable development. Taught topics are: habitat construction, agro-ecological exploitation of land, reforestation, communication with the rest of the world by the implementation of computers, as well as cooking classes of local products, hygiene and health.
PUR Projet is working in association with Lalanne & Pascal to develop reforestation activities within the training center. A tree nursery is operating at the school. It is managed by the agriculture professor and students. A tank is used to collect rain water and plants are cultivated according to organic farming criteria.
An agronomist is in charge along with students of the monitoring of plantations quality and trees’ growth. Geo-localization of plots allows students to manipulate the GPS and become familiar with the implementation of a monitoring system. Thanks to the implication of all the students, the field monitoring is really efficient.
Eventually, timber and plantation management will also enable the development of new incomes relying on the self-managed center. May trees finance the youth’s education!
As for the director of the center, teaching youth how to become autonomous, is before all teaching them how to live in their environment. Deforestation in Haiti is a disaster for the island. The expansion of agroforestry practices and raising awareness on the protection of forests lead to new projects for the future.
LocationPetite Rivière de Nippes, Haïti
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerLalanne & Pascal association
Participantsfarmers and students of the Lalanne & Pascal center for professionnal training
supply chainFruits and Vegetables
The Lalanne and Pascal Association was created in 1992 by Pascal Simondi, French physician and Dieuseul Lalanne, Haitian origin residing in France, both willing to act for the education of underprivileged Haitian children.
Small-scale farmers from the Bezin region, the most affected by drought and where soils are less fertile and therefore farmers are most vulnerable. Agriculture represents almost the only source of income for the Petite Rivière de Nippes municipality: fruits, yam, melon, beans, and breeding of cattle and goats. The average cultivated area per family is 0.32 to 0.50 hectares. This is very little, partly because of desertification which makes the land infertile and require intensive work.