Accelerator and facilitator of production processes
Explain your idea in details:
The main idea is to promote urban agriculture through training and counseling of housewives, creating a family farming network that they produce in their own home in a metropolitan area called Mahotiere, reducing the unemployment rate of Haitian women and creating a resilient and productive system for the climatic change. They will build their gardens with their families, using organic waste to make compost and plastic waste or other materials for planting in case they don't have enough space. The other phase of the project is to help families to have markets.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We expect to empower the women by giving them the opportunity to make their own money and learn about a sustainable system, we want to reduce the organic waste by using them as compost for the crop, the plastic waste like bottle or pipes to plant in case the family doesn't have space and make green roof for those who have a solid roof and have no space on the floor. After 2 years, the expectation is that these women would be able to participate in installing the same systems for a new group of families. So the rate of agricultural production will be improved in the country, it will be easier for those women to feed their children and environmentally it will reduce the CO2 and the city will be green.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
To implement that project we will do Partnership with the national and international organizations and we will look for the government support, to be able to buy material (seed, shovel, wheelbarrow, transport, ect..) and create a real sustainable and circular system to generate many and keep the project working and growing. We will select one of the most affected zone by the earthquake and rejoin a women organization and select some influent women in that group and then we will select other unemployed women in the zone, those women will receive training and build their farm with our technical support. we will have a place to do the postharvest treatment before sending the products to the market. we will start with the organic waste training, to produce the compost for feeding the crops. Second we will build the systems in the house in the group because every house has different size of available place to produce, so the women can learn from other experience. They will have a weekly supervision to see if there are some pest and other technical problems. We will have a contract with a different marketplace to sell the products and with that money, the project will continue and the women will receive a salary from their work.
My name is Samantha Brody, a fourth-year undergraduate student from Haiti at EARTH University in Costa Rica studying agricultural sciences and natural resource management, and concurrently I am also a first-year student in a masters program in agribusiness innovation at the same institution. I am very passionate about innovation and positive changes. I have been involved in a lot of community work in Haiti and Costa Rica. I have successfully executed our school business project on sheep fatting, being the production manager that required me to take care of all the logistics related to the production. Actually, I am participating and coordinating a volunteer in Haiti that we have started after the hurricane Matthew with other young Haitian, where 250 people assist us.