Positively Green: Haiti

HAITI: CHAVANNES JEAN-BAPTISTE

Yes Haiti. Haiti is Positively Green.

The Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP) or Peasant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest cooperative movement in Haiti. With 60,000 members , the 35 year-old collective is situated in the central plateau. The mission of MPP is to educate and provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting environmental, sustainable, and renewable agriculture and gender equality. No individuals may join MPP only collectives. Here, Kopa Bwa Ferye is a 50 acre sugar cane cooperative formed by former Haitians who labored in the bateys in the Dominican Republic. Pooling their land resources, the cooperative model empowered the former farmers in servitude by offering them an economic model based on cooperation as means to self-reliance. Sugar cane is pressed for syrup while its by-products are used for heating and fuel for animals. Stiffer portions are used to stoke the cooking fire, while the animals eat the pulp as they provide the energy for the press. Agronomist Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is the founder of MPP. In 2005, he was awarded

the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in sustainable agriculture. Despite the changing political climate, deforestation and violence, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste and MPP have championed the cause in providing economic self reliance while promoting renewable and sustainable agriculture. Madame Frederic is one of three women who form the KOPA Mache Lakay, or the home market cooperative. Peanuts are double roasted, ground, then jarred and sold to markets in their region. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The deforestation of this island nations has resulted in numerous hazardous environmental repercussions vital to the survival of it’s inhabitants. It is the through the vision of individuals like Chavannes Jean-Baptiste that solutions to our global environmental crisis depends.

Papay, Haiti: Agronomist Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, 58, founder of the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the Goldman Environmental Prize, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture. MPP is a 30 year-old organization, with 60,000 members. PHOTO: ANA ELISA FUENTES/GAMMA-PRESSE

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Papay, Haiti: The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality.  No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Pictured here is Madame Justame, one of three women who form the KOPA Pwodisyon Mache Lakay, or

Papay, Haiti: The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality. No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Pictured here is Madame Justame, one of three women who form the KOPA Pwodisyon Mache Lakay, or “home market, ” a peanut cooperative. She prepares the peanut dough for grinding it into butter. Agronomist Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, 58, founder of the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the Goldman Environmental Prize, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture. MPP is a 30 year-old organization, with 60,000 members.

Papay, Haiti: The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality.  No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Pictured here is Madame Frederic, one of three women who form the KOPA Pwodisyon Mache Lakay, or

Papay, Haiti: The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality. No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Pictured here is Madame Frederic, one of three women who form the KOPA Pwodisyon Mache Lakay, or “home market, ” a peanut cooperative.Agronomist Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, 58, founder of the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the Goldman Environmental Prize, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture. MPP is a 30 year-old organization, with 60,000 members.

Papay, Haiti: The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality.  No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Pictured here is Madame Frederic, one of three women who form the KOPA Pwodisyon Mache Lakay, or

Papay, Haiti: The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality. No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Pictured here is Madame Frederic, one of three women who form the KOPA Pwodisyon Mache Lakay, or “home market, ” a peanut cooperative.Agronomist Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, 58, founder of the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the Goldman Environmental Prize, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture. MPP is a 30 year-old organization, with 60,000 members.

Papay, Haiti: Recycled sugar cane is used as food for animals and fuel for cooking -- stiffer portions is used to feed the cooking fire, while the pulp is given to the Ox, to chew while they work, much like humans chew gum. The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality.  No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Agronomist, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, founder of  the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the 2005 Goldman Environmental Award, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture.  PHOTO: ANA ELISA FUENTES/GAMMA-PRESSE

Papay, Haiti: Recycled sugar cane is used as food for animals and fuel for cooking — stiffer portions is used to feed the cooking fire, while the pulp is given to the Ox, to chew while they work, much like humans chew gum. The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality. No individual may join MPP, only collectives.
Agronomist, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, founder of the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the 2005 Goldman Environmental Award, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture.

Papay, Haiti: Detail of wokers tools. The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality.  No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Agronomist, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, founder of  the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the 2005 Goldman Environmental Award, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture.  PHOTO: ANA ELISA FUENTES/GAMMA-PRESSE

Papay, Haiti: Detail of wokers tools. The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality. No individual may join MPP, only collectives.
Agronomist, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, founder of the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the 2005 Goldman Environmental Award, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture.

Papay, Haiti: Jasma, of Kopa Koton, MPP's oldest and formative cooperative, prepares the soil for the planting of corn.. The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality.  No individual may join MPP, only collectives. Agronomist, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, founder of  the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the 2005 Goldman Environmental Award, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture.  PHOTO: ANA ELISA FUENTES/GAMMA-PRESSE

Papay, Haiti: Jasma, of Kopa Koton, MPP’s oldest and formative cooperative, prepares the soil for the planting of corn.. The Mouvman Peyizan Papay or the Pesant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest pesant movement in Haiti. The cooperative is 30 years-old, with 60,000 members, and a classroom located in the heart of the Haiti, the central plateau. The goal of MPP is to educate, provide sound economic alternatives to the people of Haiti, while promoting enviornmental sustainable agriculture and gender equality. No individual may join MPP, only collectives.
Agronomist, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, founder of the Peasant Movment in Papay (MPP) is one of six recepients of the 2005 Goldman Environmental Award, announced in San Francisco, CA on Monday April 18th, 2005. Mr. Baptiste was given the award for his work in sustainable agriculture.

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