Posted 10 September 2011, by Staff, Haiti Libre, haitilibre.com
After one year of exchange promoted by Via Campesina, a group of 76 young Haitian farmers (54 men and 22 women) will will return to Haiti Wednesday, September 14, 2011, with a greater knowledge of the practices in rural areas. Participants during their stay, were able to access among others … the techniques of agroecology, the cooperative structure, the operation of camps and colonies…
These young Haitian farmers, are social movement activists in Haiti, from the ten departments of the country.
Gean Paula de Souza, member of the teaching staff, responsible of the exchange, stated that the first month the young Haitians were able to learn the Portuguese language by taking courses at the National School Florestan Fernandes (NSFF) of the Movement of Landless Workers (MST) and have had contact with the peasant movements in Brazil and other Latin American countries.
There were then divided within eight Brazilian states [Rio Grande do Sul, Parana, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, Espirito Santo, Bahia, Sergipe et de Pernambuco]. This second phase lasted five months, “The idea was to let them know about the operation of cooperatives, how they are formed, how they organize workers and to teach them the strategies of movement and organization. Thus, they can return to Haiti and guided by these methods, strengthen their organizations” reported Geanie Paula de Souza.
“For the last step, the group was split into two in the states of Parana and of Sergipe, where young farmers have taken courses in agroecology techniques. They learned how to treat the soil and protect the environment and how to treat water sources and ensure their conservation.”
At the end of this cycle of one year, notes Geanie de Via Campesina, the youth have made a fairly positive assessment of this course “There was a lot of learning and solidarity. For us it is very important because it shows, for those who believe that in Haiti there is nothing, there are many interesting things and that some people struggle for a better country.
According Geanie Paula de Souza, he first group of Haitians was originally planned to be of 150 people, but the high cost has failed to achieve this goal. However, the idea of movement is to continue the action. A new group of 30 young Haitians should normally arrive in Brazil in early 2012.
Learn more about La Via Campesina :
La Via Campesina is an international and intercultural co-ordinates national and regional organizations of small farmers, of rural dwellers, landless peasants, agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, fishermen, artisans and immigrants.
This autonomous movement, multicultural, multiethnic and pluralistic seeks first to change the agricultural production, consumption patterns, the role of women, education, health, environment, etc… The main themes of La Via Campesina got rich thanks to the cosmic vision of indigenous peoples, which preserves mother earth against natural disasters, global warming and environmental crisis caused by unbridled capitalism.
See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-560-haiti-ecologie-il-n-y-a-pas-de-penurie-d-eau-en-haiti.html (in french)