JP helps people move from poverty to good livelihoods with sustainable agriculture and industry  - providing the resources to start and the training to succeed.

 

Farming in sync with the ecology of the land

 is a system of plant and animal production that is adapted to local climate, topography and soil, without requiring dependence on high subsidy inputs like chemical fertilizer.   JP helps farmers develop dependable incomes by growing complementary plant and animal crops.

Jatropha curcas - This drought tolerant native tree produces a good cash crop of seed oil, which makes soap, shampoo and other personal care products. It also makes top grade biodiesel. It lives for decades without replanting and produces two or more harvests per year without irrigation.  See more photos of Jatropha

Vegetable gardens are a traditional part of Haiti's countryside, but in the dry northeast of Haiti where they depend on erratic rainfall, they are a gamble - too often a family sees theirvegetables wither and die when expected rains don't come.  JP helps families hedge their bets with intensive gardening, small wells, soil moisture conservation, companion planting, inter-cropping and windbreaks.   Photos of agriculture and vegetables

Goats - In NE Haiti there are thousands of acres of level, unused dry thorny scrub.  JP helps communities gain value from this land by helping them to start goat herds and providing coaching on animal husbandry and range management. Goats can convert dry grasses and thorny vegetation into protein and family income without environmental degradation. See photos of JP's goat program.

Woodlots of ecologically adapted trees are coppiced for poles, which are in demand for construction inHaiti. Poles are cut annually without killing the trees and provide dependable farm income and reforest denuded land. Woodlots are a good member of a farm's crop 'family', because they do not require the same labor demand of other crops like vegetables, and serve as windbreaks. See photos of woodlot forestry

Bees for pollination and honey - JP helps farmers boost their yields by setting out beehives and teaching bee-keeping.  Bigger harvests of all plant crops translate to more farm income for families and honey earns income too.  Take a look at photos of agriculture and bees

Adding value to local farm harvests builds economic wealth in rural communities

JP Processing Facility

and is a key part of JP's concept of rural economic development.  JP operates a processing plant and training center that transforms locally grown crops into marketable products.  It buys harvested Jatropha seeds from farmers, presses them for oil, and makes products for the Haitian market. This creates demand for farm commodities and returns income to farmers.  JP teaches local people the range of skills from engine mechanics to marketing that are needed to sustain the economic loop from field to consumer.

Harvesting Jatrofa

Selling Jatrofa seed

Selling Jatrofa seed

Pressing oil from Jatrofa seeds

Pressing oil from Jatrofa seeds

Making soap from Jatrofa oil

Personal care products made from Jatrofa

Soap and personal care products -  JP makes a range of soap and personal care products, based on Jatropha oil's therapeutic and moisturizing qualities.   In Haiti the public health need for soap and frequent hand-washing is very high because of endemic cholera, dysentery and infant diarrhea. There is a high level of personal hygiene in Haiti and grooming products are in demand.   Frequent hand-washing is the baseline public health defense against cholera, dysentery, and infant diarrhea, but too often soap supply is lacking in schools and healthcare clinics.

Biodiesel - JP has the capability to make biodiesel from organic oils, including Jatropha oil and waste cooking oil. Biodiesel can be mixed with petroleum diesel or used by itself to operate all diesel engines. Currently, Haiti imports all of its diesel fuel for transportation, generators and agriculture, which consume the largest part of it's GNP.  Haitian-grown biodiesel can and should be part of Haiti's energy supply, so that some of that money leaving the country stays in Haiti and supports its agricultural economy.

After oil extraction, everything is composted to produce an organic fertilizer with high levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.  It is black gold for local farms and a manifestation of sustainability.

In Haiti there is a deep respect for education and self-improvement.  Even those who can’t read are eager to learn. JP uses demonstration, peer to peer teaching, and hands-on discovery. 

* How to manage soils for better farming.
* How to plan farm land use for better income.
* How to maintain machinery for the long haul.
* How to save and manage personal finance.
* How to keep books for farm and small business.