Description of the CRDD
The Bas Boen CRDD is the largest of all of the project’s CRDDs with 4.7 hectares of land. The CRDD provides farmers in the region with access to agricultural technologies through the center’s demonstration plots, lab services, plowing services, and trainings. Throughout the 2013 fiscal year, the Bas Boen CRDD received a total of 1,145 visitors, with 749 visits to the laboratory where small farmers can have soil samples analyzed. The center uses and will maintain high-quality equipment including tractors, motorcycles, a generator, vehicles, and a 200 m 2 greenhouse.
At the beginning of April 2014, the management of the Bas Boën CRDD was transferred to a private foundation called the Fondation Rurale de Développement Durable (FONHDAD) that includes representatives from three universities (FAMV, Université Quisqueya and Université Episcopale d’Haïti), farmer organizations from the Cul-de-Sac plain and private enterprises. FONHDAD signed a management contract with the Ministry of Agriculture, which owns the land and the buildings, and received a transition grant with FtF West/WINNER.