An interdisciplinary approach to investigating agroforestry interventions in Haiti to strategize for program adoption and scaling
Planetary health recognizes that human health is closely connected to the shared environment. Globally, trees provide direct and indirect benefits towards soil quality, land restoration, food security, organic carbon, human health, and rural livelihoods. Agroforestry—the integration of trees with crops and livestock—is a recommended planetary health solution. Agroforestry can have a significant impact in places like Haiti where, in addition to severe land degradation, the country has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the world and citizens have the poorest health outcomes in the Americas. Growing threats to food security, livelihoods, and health in Haiti as a result of persistent political instability, severe land degradation, and climate change (high climate risk index) call for national and international efforts to maximize the potential of agroforestry to promote sustainable land use practices. However, for agroforestry to achieve its full range of positive outcomes, it must be scaled up beyond the local level.
Our mission and vision
We strive to work collaboratively with members of the Haitian community and the agroforestry programs that support them in order to develop an evidence base for agroforestry interventions that addresses four main priorities:
- Identifying the accelerators for agroforestry program innovation adoption and scaling in the context of Haiti where state fragility is a concern.
- Identifying potential areas for agroforestry program uptake in order to strategize scaling activities.
- Quantify the potential impact of community-based agroforestry activities on carbon sequestration in order to generate smallholder carbon payments.
- Identify key priority indicators to monitor planetary health outcomes of agroforestry programs.
We aim to develop a public platform to coordinate agroforestry program implementation and investment in Haiti.
We are seeking research participants to help achieve the project's mission! If you are:
- an agroforestry program in Haiti
- an individual with experience working with agroforestry programs in Haiti
Find out how you can participate in this project by completing the form or scan the QR code.
Your participation will be incentivized.
Funding for this project is supported by the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
This project brings together faculty from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and School of Veterinary Medicine and researchers from Conservational International with decades of experience in community-based research, public health, conservation ecology, and evaluation research in agroforestry that will play a critical role in the success of this project and demonstrate the impact of interdisciplinary research to advance planetary health.
Lead Principal Investigator; Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment, Dept. of Global Development, & Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University
Project Coordinator, Gates Millennium Fellow, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University
Co-Principal Investigator; Professor of Practice; Associate Director of Public Health, Department of Public and Ecosystem Health, Cornell University
Co-Principal Investigator; Senior Research Associate and Adj. Associate Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University
Faculty Collaborator; Senior Extension Associate, Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University
Research Collaborator; Restoration Science Director, Conservation International
Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Policy, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
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Blaise, G. C. (2020). Can Agroforestry Effectively Increase Tree Cover and Enhance Livelihoods in Haiti? A Comparative Study of Community Agroforestry in the Latibonit [M.S., Cornell University].
Sprenkle-Hyppolite, S. D., Latimer, A. M., Young, T. P., & Rice, K. J. (2016). Landscape factors and restoration practices associated with initial reforestation success in Haiti. Ecological Restoration, 34(4), 306-316.
Sprenkle, S. D. (2008). Community-based agroforestry as restoration: The Haiti timber reintroduction project methods and framework. Ecological Restoration, 26(3), 201-203.