Peace Corps Dominican Republic. Agro-Forestry. FACTORS (Why)
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The issue of natural resource conservation, reforestation, soil conservation and agro-forestry are some of the most important developmental issues for the DR today. At all levels of the Dominican society there exists clear consensus to promote reforestation and to implement conservation measures in order to protect the major watersheds, increase soil stability. Watershed protection in the DR is one of the most important endeavor in conservation due to the fact that water production is needed to supply domestic consumption of the population, and to sustain agriculture production in order to increase the standard of living for the rural poor.
PARTNERS (With Whom?)
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Environment
Secretary of Agriculture
Local Community Based OrganizationsHow was the Project Developed ?
Low-income small-scale farmers living in rural communities will improve land use practices through establishing sustainable agro-forestry systems and tree plantations to enhance their income capacity and long-term production.
GOAL #1:Rural communities will adopt appropriate management practices that will contribute to the improvement of their production capacity, income generation, and reduce soil erosion.
GOAL #2:Dominican Organizations will have the capacity to train agricultural extensionists and small-scale farmers in general conservation practices that promote the sustainable use of their lands.
Nathan Kennedy (2002-2004). Nathan worked in the small community of Guayajayuco a small town on the border of Haiti where the people make their living planting cash crops on steep hillsides and raising small animals. Nathan mobilized the construction of the environmental infrastructure of the community and trained community members to conserve their environment. His day-to-day routine consisted of helping small farmers adopt soil conservation practices to reduce soil erosion as well as helping farmers to establish agroforestry systems with a mix of fruit and wood trees species, and building live barriers to prevent soil erosion.
Nathan also promoted organic gardening in the community.
The gardens became both a link in developing trust with the community as well as a demonstrative learning tool, which he used to teach organic gardening techniques and the importance of including fruit and vegetables in your diet. Nathan also contributed to the community by establishing a small fruit tree nursery that will produce tree seedlings that small-scale farmers will plant in their lots.
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