Jean-Marie Claude Germain, Minister of Environment and Peter de Clercq, Resident Representative in Haiti of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officially handed over the "Equator Prize" at "Mouvman Peyizan 3e seksyon Kanperen" (MP3K) yam producers, represented by its Coordinator Chavannes Casséus, in recognition of the outstanding contribution of this peasants movement for the conservation of the environment, poverty reduction and initiatives in the fight for the reduction of impacts of climate change. The "Equator Prize" is a partnership that unites the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to promote local sustainable development solutions for people, the nature and resilient communities. Since 2002, this partnership has awarded the prestigious "Equator Prize" to 187 local and indigenous communities worldwide. |
The Initiative MP3K, is part of a total of 34 projects awarded for their contribution to improving the living conditions of people and the environment on 1,234 candidates from 121 countries.
In his remarks for the occasion, the Minister Germain argued that "the Prize demonstrates of all the quality and extent of the work that our farmers and protectors of the environment in remote corners of the country [...] Through that prize, we salute the tireless work of the workers of the land and protectors of the environment in Haiti. By rewarding MP3K, we invite all departments of Haiti to take example on it, so that we can achieve to protect our populations from the negative impacts of climate change."
Peter de Clercq, has for his part welcomed that an organization supported by the development agency could win this Prize "With this prize, Haitian farmers are sending a clear signal that they can contribute to food self-sufficiency of the country if it find appropriate support. This Prize is to encourage us even more at UNDP level to support Haitian farmers and producers because the actual development of Haiti can not be achieved without a real strengthening of the agricultural sector in all its aspects."
Proud to have won this International Prize with MP3K Chavannes Casséus, said he was even more motivated to work for the strengthening of national production. According to him, this Prize recognizes years of commitment in an area that is not too well understood and even less "We stayed attached to the land because we are convinced that from the land can come the freedom of this country. An institution such as UNDP understood our work. Thus, we invite all agricultural workers in Haiti do not give up because their work will be rewarded one day. Investors, I say that Haiti's agricultural potential is priceless and that farmers are only waiting for their commitment." Read more Latest Haiti news on haitianhollywood.com
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