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Sustainable Harvest International Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) provides farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet's tropical forests while overcoming poverty.

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OVERVIEW

Description

SHI has worked with 2,000+ families in rural farming communities in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama since 1997. Using organic vegetable gardens, sustainable farming practices, wood-conserving stoves and a host of other projects, SHI's local field trainers work together with families, individuals and communities to restore the environment while dramatically improving their quality of life. Our five-phase approach to solving the agricultural, ecological and economic problems of Central America is innovative, hands-on and long-term.

We understand the importance of small-scale farming. Small-scale farming allows local farmers and communities, rather than factory farms and international corporations, to decide what food will be produced and how it will be sold. Small-scale farming also encourages sustainable techniques that improve quality of living for farmers and laborers, and restores the natural environment.

SHI program participants have planted nearly 4 million trees and converted almost 20,000 acres of degraded land to sustainable farms that provide them with food, income and a healthier environment for all of us.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

Program Details

Five-Phase Approach

SHI understands the importance of educating individuals and providing them with the tools and training necessary to become community leaders in sustainability. Realizing the complexities of culturally and ecologically sensitive development, SHI focuses on long-term assistance through its 5 phase program. During each of the 5 phases (which total roughly 5 years in duration), SHI is evaluating the participant families and staff in order to determine how effective the program has been and if participants are on their way to leading sustainable livelihoods.

Phase One (1)FAMILY SELECTION, ORIENTATION & PLANNING
Objective: Selection of communities and families based on predetermined criteria, and preparation of families for the next five years of work, including work plans and trainings.
Length: 9 to 12 months

Phase Two (2)INTRODUCTION TO NUTRITION, ORGANIC FARMING & CROP DIVERSIFICATION
Objective: Improve family nutrition and secure food systems through crop diversification and the teaching of sustainable farming techniques.
Length: 18 to 24 months

Phase Three (3)ADVANCED CROP DIVERSIFICATION & INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
Objective: Initiate the identification and implementation of farming practices to improve household income through diversification and commercialization at local levels.
Length: 12 months

Phase Four (4)IDENTIFYING MARKETS & STRENGTHENING ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS
Objective: Increase the income of participant families through the sale of farm produce and other goods in local and regional markets, while enhancing work plans to focus on business skills and securing sustainable social and economic conditions.
Length: 12 to 18 months

Phase Five (5)FAMILY GRADUATION
Objective: Create and inspire self-sufficiency and community leadership while reducing organization’s direct aid.
Length: 6 months

WHAT ARE THE PHASES?

A structured process or plan with clear objectives and activities
A means of moving families through the five year process with clear end goals
Process of evaluating participant families and projects, including Affiliate programs
More refined and universal approach to implementing and executing SHI’s mission in Affiliate countries
Concept of continual learning and includes accountability, sustainability, transparency and direction

WHAT ARE THE KEY STAFF ROLES?

FIELD TRAINERS - To educate families on the phases and work with them to reach pre-established goals, some of which are included in individual family work plans
COUNTRY DIRECTORS - To provide oversight over implementation of phases and adapt them based on local cultures, politics and more
FIELD PROGRAM DIRECTOR & REGIONAL COORDINATOR - To assist Country Directors in training staff and implementing phases, and act as third-party evaluators to verify that families are meeting core objectives

For more Information

www.sustainableharvest.org

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Latin America

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid

TEAM Members

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FLORENCE REED

Founder / President of Sustainable Harvest International

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