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An update on our activities in 2010

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A.    Developing the Lwil Agogo enterprise model.

CHIBAS has now finished the 1st draft of our socio-economic analysis and study (Jatropha potential for the economic development of Haiti & Lwil Agogo business model).  This study will help us get started the two first socially inclusive Jatropha enterprise in Haiti.

Jatropha curcas potential for Haiti

Please request our Lwil Agogo business model (separate document not available online)


B.    Collecting edible Jatropha in Mexico.

 We have now finished our third year consecutive collection of Jatropha in Mexico.  For the first time we have discovered our first truly wild Jatropha forests.   It seems that both edible and non edible trees coexist in these forests (study underway…..)

We have collected a number of accessions of edible Jatropha accessions in communities where Jatropha is consumed regularly for human consumption.  Near Papantla and Pueblillo in Veracruz, Jatropha is part of many households diet.  Edible Jatropha accessions have been collected both along the East and Western coasts of Mexico.


C.      CHIBAS has been supported by the USAID-WINNER project to test and evaluate different Jatropha accessions.

We are performing under this grant a number of activities around Jatropha including:  Watershed management trials, variety trials and agronomic trials.

Realizations:  (1) Calendar of activities for Jatropha crop management in Haiti; (2) Agronomic best practices; (3) optimization of techniques for large scale nursery management; (4) planting of multilocation variety/provenance trials.  Over 52,000 trees have been planted this year under these four activities.



Variety Trials in Titanyen

Controlled pollinations (Edible x Toxic)


D.  CHIBAS and its partner CIRAD have been funded to start a sweet sorghum project in the “Département de l’Ouest” in Haiti by the French Research National Agency (Agence Nationale de Recherche – ANR)

Over 220 sweet sorghum varieties have been planted to date for seed multiplication purposes.  Variety trials will follow shortly.

CHIBAS and CIRAD are collaborating with Agriterra a local Kleren distiller (locally produced alcohol).  Next year we will produce the first batch of Kleren from sweet sorghum cane juice.

CIRAD, CHIBAS, Agriterra and Quisqueya University will perform under this project: (1) agronomic trials, (2) variety trials, (3) gel alcohol manufacturing, (4) Manufacture and evaluate the Kleren made from Sweet Sorghum cane juice, (5) realize a socio-economic analysis of the sweet sorghum market and value chains, (6) initiate large scale sweet sorghum plantations with farmers.


E.     CHIBAS has been funded by USAID under the Intsormil project to test, evaluate and disseminate brown midrib sorghum varieties.

These varieties allow are highly digestible by ruminants and allow increasing milk productivity.  Trials will begin soon.


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