14 June 2011, Port-au-Prince - FAO Goodwill Ambasador Carl Lewis visiting an FAO vegetable garden project at La Corail camp for homeless victims of last year's devastating earthquake. Here, people have learned to grow their own food safely to avoid cholera, a disease that has claimed thousands of victims.
FAO Project: OSRO/HAI/018/FIN - Livelihood support to earthquake affected rural families of Canot watershed through smallholder reforestation/agroforestry and water resources development. The goal of this assistance is to create employment and foster income generating activities, contributing in this way to self-recovery. This assistance will provide an immediate support to up to 1 000 earthquake affected rural households of localities of Bellevue, Marion, Gerard, Corail located in Canot Watershed, while building the foundations for longer term interventions related to reforestation, sustainable agriculture development and watershed management. At the end of the project, there will be an increased afforested area and water availability and improved technical capacities at community and institutional level. The strategy for implementation focuses on job creation through High Intensity Labor initiatives (HIMO), which are one of the priorities of Haitian Government to support the population to restore their livelihood. This project will directly benefit the farmers and the communities receiving inputs, training and assistance for the improvement of their assets and skills in terms of fruit, forage and forest tree management, erosion control and integrated crop and livestock management.