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Programs: ORE's core programs are improved seeds, high value trees crops, and vegetable and tuber crops, associated with training and marketing initiatives. We work with a network of 20,000 farmers, collaborating with 34 participating organizations in the south of Haiti. Improved seeds: ORE is committed to providing Haitian farmers with quality, high performance seeds adapted to local farming conditions. Priorities are high-yield quality protein maize (QPM) and iron rich beans. The program is working with both newly developed hybrid and open-pollinated varieties of corn, selected black bean varieties, sorghum and pigeon peas. ORE has set up a seed processing facility in Camp Perrin where we produce approximately three hundred tons of commercial seeds a year, using material from our ongoing seed research and improvement program. The benefits are increased yields, higher income and improved nutrition. The program typically provides 400 metric tons of seeds a year. High Value Tree Crops: ORE's tree program is based on the simple premise that by providing the local farmers with commercial tree crops it is possible to promote both sustainable economic growth and long-term protection of the environment. Commercially productive trees provide small farmers with a valuable source of income, and at the same time offer an economical solution to the Haiti's degraded environment. Trees producing high revenue crops survive deforestation, because they earn more every year than their value as wood products. The approach is to create a concentrated regional production of commercial fruits in selected areas, and train and assist farmer producer-groups to develop competitive marketing skills. The program typically produces 250,000 trees a year. Vegetable and Tuber Crops offer Haitian farmers substantial income opportunities. ORE offers technical assistance identifying markets, sourcing seeds, and improving production, grading and marketing.

Our immediate concern is to provide relief and support for refugees from the recent earthquake, mitigate their suffering and help them put their lives back together. We are helping the evacuees from the Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas who will be seeking refuge outside of the stricken capital, providing shelter, food and access to medical supplies.

We are placing our organization''s long experience in development activities at the service of the community and would appreciate everyone''s support at this time. The immediate impact will be to feed and house as many families as possible suffering today from the terrible events of the recent earthquake.

The key long-term goals of our development projects in Haiti are to increase farmer income, produce nutritionally enhanced food, and to improve the environment with commercial fruit trees. The programs involves high revenue tree crops, improved seeds, cash crops and marketing initiatives. Working directly with farmers, we are able to provide practical solutions to deforestation and subsistence farming. We offer commercial quality plant materials and the technical assistance needed for successful production and marketing. Practical agricultural training and hands-on technical assistance are essential means to achieve these goals.

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I first became acquainted with the Organization for the Rehabilitation of the Environment (ORE) in 2004 when I served on the board of directors of the American Bamboo Society, a non-profit organization. We received a proposal from ORE to propagate a large number of bamboo plants for distribution to... more »
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