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The Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Haiti (FSDH) and the Government of Quebec are co-funding a project of Groupe Intercal to train a group of users of an agricultural equipment (GUMA) in Caracol, Northeast Haiti. This agricultural project is similar to an agricultural COOP.

FSDH and the Government of Quebec (Ministry of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade) are co-funding a farming project at Caracol in Haiti for the formation of a GUMA. FSDH is asking for your support for this project, which began in September 2012. More than $40K of agricultural equipment has already been sent to Haiti. Every donation counts to sustainably improve food production and incomes in the community.

Benefits of this agricultural project:
• The collective nature of GUMA allows an individual farmer to have access to otherwise inaccessible agricultural equipment at the individual level.
• Increased agricultural production in quantity and quality which means reducing problems related to starvation and food insecurity in Haiti.
• Take advantage of efficient and effective equipment enabling time savings, productivity and income of farmers.
• A GUMA is an effective way to improve the working conditions and lives of farmers and rural people.
• Development of cooperative values: increasing solidarity, sharing and mutual support in Haitian rural communities.
• Promoting communication and good neighborliness.
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Professor Garrick Apollon- far left on the picture (founder of the Foundation for the Sustainable Development) and his students at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa promote fair trade cocoa in Haiti.
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Trois équipes d’étudiants du cours ADM 3718 - Commerce international avec le professeur Garrick Apollon ont travaillé sur un projet de session visant à convaincre des compagnies canadiennes d’investir et d’acheter des produits de cacao équitable d’Haïti pour faire du chocolat et des produits chocolatiers. Le défi pour les étudiants a été organisé selon le format de l’émission télévisée «The Apprentice». Les étudiants ont dû remettre un rapport écrit et ils ont dû faire une présentation orale auprès d’un comité d’évaluation.

The committee members (on the picture) were Carlo Sévère, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti; Carl Apollon, President of the Groupe Intercal; Frantz Liautaud, Haiti's Ambassador to Canada; Ms. Carré, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti; Jennifer Williams, CEO, Camino; and Professor Garrick Apollon.

Congratulations to the members of the challenge-winning team, which included students Asmaâ Alaoui, Soufiane Bakas, Julie Bédard, Chris Daccache, Reda Laalaj and Mehdi Rais!

As Professor Apollon explained, it is not common for students to be required to make a presentation before an ambassador and the CEO of a Canadian coop like Camino. "I was nervous for them and I am proud of their accomplishments and their work. I also want to express my deep appreciation to the judges, who generously gave more than half a workday to this Telfer School project," said Professor Apollon.

Inspired by his experience with Professor Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Professor Apollon decided to have his students work on a real project of a "social nature." Because the United States government recently announced that it will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Haiti through USAID for the development of Haiti's cocoa industry, it is realistic to think that the Telfer School students' project might have convinced Canadian businesses to invest in Haiti. The project also aimed to make Telfer School students aware of their power to change the world because all too often, people think that only charitable donations and humanitarian projects create lasting changes in developing countries like Haiti. However, the response is also in the promotion of responsible foreign investments and fair trade, and Telfer School students have the training to fulfil this mission. 
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Une brique pour un dollar

Ottawa, September 1, 2016
Launch of the 2016 campaign fundraising «A TOUCHDOWN FOR HAITI»
The funds raised are used to finance the project Training User Group of Agricultural Equipment (GUMA) in Caracol, Northeast Haiti.
Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Haiti is working with Groupe Intercal and want to complete an agricultural project in Haiti (Caracol) to increase the food security of this region.