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.

CRDD sustainability plan

The sustainability plan for the Bas Boen CRDD started with the transfer of the management of the facility to the FONHDAD and the hiring of staff by FONHDAD. Almost all the staff, including the CRDD director and the administrative assistant, was transferred directly from FtF West/WINNER to the FONHDAD in April 2014. In addition, two technical experts provide part-time oversight for all activities with regards to demonstration plots and laboratory services. The retained local professional staff for the transition period included the following positions:

  • CRDD director
  • Administrative/compliance assistant
  • Training supervisor
  • Lab supervisor (part-time technical expert)
  • Agronomist supervisor (part-time technical expert)
  • Lab assistant

In addition to the retained local professional staff, the organization has hired an accountant who works closely with the administrative/compliance assistant to ensure that all policies and procedures are respected.

For the Bas Boen CRDD to be fully functional, it requires the staff listed below:

  • CRDD Director
  • Laboratory Director
  • Laboratory technician
  • Field agronomist
  • Training coordinator
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Accountant
  • Agricultural workers
  • Drivers
  • Maids
  • Security guards