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Kanpé
(Haiti)

Region Caribbean

Reforestation and Agroforestry

Kanpé started a 5-year partnership with Age of Union In 2021, with a reforestation and agroforestry initiative to produce and plant over 25,000 fruit and forest trees per year and support the activities of the experimental farm in Baille Tourible. This project will help improve tree coverage in the community with the aim of benefitting the environment, increasing agricultural output, and promoting economic empowerment.

With 1% of its primary forest remaining, Haiti faces important threats to biodiversity, making reforestation even more important. Kanpé is active in the Central Plateau region, in the municipality of Thomonde, and in the community of Baille Tourible. This region is one of the most affected by declining agricultural production and poverty. It also faces an alarming level of deforestation that causes erosion and affects agricultural production.

Members of women's associations on their way home after a seedling distribution operation.

Kanpé, which means “standing up” in Haitian creole, is a foundation that brings support to vulnerable communities in Haiti by identifying the most urgent needs and helping locals achieve autonomy. Together with the community and local partners, the organization ensures the most crucial initiatives get full support.

Kanpé’s Work in Baille Tourible

Kanpé supports the community of Baille Tourible in the remote highlands of Haiti’s Central Plateau. The area is known for its mountainous terrain and geographic isolation, and it is home to an underserved and vulnerable community made up of 98% of subsistence farmers. With limited access to transportation and municipal services, locals have to walk for as long as 6 hours along steep mountain trails to reach the nearest city.

Until 1986, Baille Tourible had a strong vegetation cover, but today, more than half of the territory faces deforestation. Tree coverage has almost completely disappeared under the pressure of inhabitants who have no choice but to burn wood for fuel. With significant soil erosion stemming from deforestation, crop burning, free-range farming, poor cultivation practices, and over-exploitation, there are no irrigated areas in the community. The dire lack of water has contributed to the problem, rendering the soil unable to hold the rainfall.

The consequences manifest in a vicious cycle of environmental degradation, food insecurity, and poverty. Environmental damage has made the population more vulnerable to the negative impacts of atmospheric phenomena — rainfall, wind, sun, and heat — intensified by climate change. It also continues to place excessive pressure on natural resources as the terrain cannot meet the agricultural production needs of the population, leading to weak economic opportunities for the population of Baille Tourible.

Practical agriculture courses at the experimental farm in Baille Tourible.

How Age of Union Is Helping

In 2021, Age of Union started a 5-year partnership with Kanpé on an agroforestry initiative to produce and plant over 25,000 fruit and forest trees per year and support the activities of the experimental farm in Baille Tourible.

This project will help improve tree coverage in the community with the aim of benefitting the environment, increasing agricultural output, and promoting economic empowerment.

People () The
change
makers

Irvyne Lafortune Jean-Baptiste
Project and Operations Manager
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Irvyne Lafortune Jean-Baptiste is Kanpe’s project and operations manager. With her experience in the non-profit sector, she wishes to bring positive change to the life of underprivileged people in Haiti.

Odinave Dominique
Manager
Baille Tourible, Haiti

Agronomist Odinave Dominique is the manager of the experimental farm in the community we support in the Central Plateau in Haiti. He is part of the association of young leaders of Baille Tourible.

Régine Chassagne
Co-Founder
Montreal, Quebec

Kanpe co-founder, Régine Chassagne created Kanpe with the desire to develop customized solutions to empower the neediest Haitian families to become autonomous while ensuring Haiti’s environmental protection. She is also the co-founder of the Montreal independent famous band Arcade Fire.

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