This project creates conversations between NGOs, scholars, and Haitian activists surrounding issues of environmentalism and agriculture.
To inaugurate these efforts, the Haiti Lab hosted a workshop featuring invited guests. Around the table were scholars Jean Casimir, Harley Etienne, an Urban Planner from the University of Michigan who has been researching issues of land tenure and urban planning, and Mimi Sheller, a historical sociologist who has also been working with engineers at Drexel University on surveys about water use in Leogane. Attendees representing aid groups were Hervil Cherubin, of the international NGO, Heifer International, Chenet Jean-Baptiste, representative of a Haitian organization dedicated to agricultural training, the maintenance of a mango production cooperative, and John Winings of CODEP, who spoke on behalf of an organization working on reforestation and environmental leadership in southern Haiti.
The Duke team present at the event were Laurent Dubois, Claire Payton, Rodrigo Bulamah, Hank Gonzalez, Sabine Couteau, Jonathan Katz, and Kathy Walmer.
Photo of the Formon Mountain forest by Claudio Contreras.