May 25, 2016 at Medway Public Library in Medway, MA.
“KOMBIT: The Cooperative,” is a documentary film chronicling a five-year project to reforest Haiti in partnership with the
Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), a Haitian nonprofit farmer cooperative dedicated to reforesting the country.
In 2010, Timberland (American Outdoors Porducts company) made a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to plant five million trees in five years in Haiti, aimed at reversing the country’s dangerous decline in tree populations.
That commitment evolved into the development of a large-scale, self-sustaining agroforestry program owned and operated by smallholder farmers, creating lasting value well beyond the trees themselves. And one stipulation was that it not be a check-writing model, whereby farmers would simply be paid to plant trees. It needed to have lasting, positive impact for Haiti and its people.
With this in mind, Timberland and SFA worked together to create a model whereby farmers voluntarily tend to a network of nurseries that produce one million trees annually. In return, farmers receive much-needed tools, high quality seeds and specialized training to improve their agricultural practices. This has helped to restore tree cover while also increasing the farmers’ own crop yields – a mutually beneficial and sustainable cycle.
The full story of this sustainable cycle is told through “KOMBIT:
The Cooperative,” to inspire others to explore innovative thinking and partnerships around the world.
Come celebrate this powerful and sustainable change and possibilty. Join us to watch the film…share this date.