Jan 24, 2010

An Agrarian Broad Acre Solution is what Haiti could use for a final destiny.

How do you rebuild a slum? You don't.
When churches and NGOs go in, will they rebuild the very structure that has sustained the dysfunction of Haitian government? The old model did not work from all I hear. Why rebuild it other than that is all we know. As the USA exploits the resources of its own country as well as others, sends the money for rebuilding the infrastructure and metro-dependent lifestyles, and infuses the same consumerism model we have here, there is a better way.

Many of the city people of Haiti are moving out to the country side where there is less desolation. That is where the solution resides. In the hills and valleys. A broad acre permaculture design for self sustaining agro-ecosystems could bring self reliance and empowerment to the Haitian people. The agrarian society that once was could be again the the citizens will live in a paradise of an edible forest jungle. From slavery to capitalist colonialism the island has been under siege for centuries and although the indigenous knowledge may be long gone, there culture has the land knowledge within them to rebuild a society based on locally supplied foods and sustainable agriculture.

Not economic development, not world bank or international loans, but small scale individual community support for agricultural restoration. Haiti could rebuild its soil, stop erosion and at the same time bring its culture from destitute to sustained independence. Resource independence through homestead subsistence farming that would develop into small scale agro-forestry is a better plan.

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Heckety said...

Funny, I've been thinking exactly the same thing the last week. After the Tsunami at least one successful Permaculture project is in action which has helped people cope with the loss of families as well as feed themselves, and there's the Auroville Project in what was a dustbowl in India. Community Permaculture projects would be a good way for people to go.

Rebhans said...

Agreed reforestation is going to feed and protect these people. I think they should be using rural and urban permaculture solutions though, with Havana as the model for urban solutions.

amatulhannan said...

Urban Permaculture - I agree - its not right to make a natural-resource-rich country like Haiti stay so poor and grubby. Seems like the rich are robbing the poor blind and keeping them enslummed, but now they could be liberated from rigid class structure by becoming more self-sufficient, and getting a new digital infrastructure in the rebuild so they can homeschool and self educate..

LITERACY of all kinds is whats needed in Haiti! Knowledge makes freedom.
They are a brave, tough and very spiritual people, and the children deserve better.

One Love and RIP to our brothers and sisters there!

Forest Garden and Homestead Design and Consulting said...

I would disagree about the digital infrastructure.

Krista said...

I just learned today that Chris Shanks of Project Bona Fide in Nicaragua is launching a mission to plant fruit & legume trees in Haiti for shade, soil-building, construction materials & food. http://www.projectbonafide.com/

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