Zanmi Kafe

Sharing Data

This year the Sewanee team came to Haiti bearing gifts of a different kind: scientific conclusions. After four years of conducting survival surveys during Spring Break trips, the research team put together a poster for Scholarship Sewanee. The poster included graphs showing the growth and survival rates of different species of coffee and shade trees,… more →

Gratitude

I first visited Haiti as a freshman on an outreach trip through the Office of Civic Engagement, our work was to collect tree survival data for the Zanmi Kafe reforestation project, which aims to use a payment for ecosystem services model to promote long term tree planting and carbon sequestration in order to protect the… more →

Why Haitian Farmers Matter

The question I am asked most often about the trip to Haiti is ‘What did you do there?’, and although I know exactly what it is I did, I find myself stumbling to explain our trip beyond the Zanmi Kafe program itself. On paper, the Zanmi Kafe partnership is working to change a cultural tradition,… more →

Berries

Jean Nelson examining his coffee berries, Bois Jolie, Haiti, March, 2016. Micharie running errands at dusk, while berries ripen on her mother’s coffee bushes (Mita Simone), Bois Jolie, Haiti, 6:30 PM, March 14, 2016.

Madame Josephine Exana

We are all deeply saddened by the news of Madame Exana having passed away on July 29, 2015. She was a very dear friend, and a founding partner of the Zanmi Kafe and Zanmi Foto projects. She will be missed, and always remembered. This is one of the last photographs I took of Madame Exana, as… more →

Our Ant Success Story

The summer of 2014 was Scott’s and my time in Haiti and we came here charged with the mission of conducting a baseline biodiversity survey. We were on the search for four target organisms: Ants, Beetles, Birds, and Butterflies. The presence of these organisms indicates a healthy ecosystem. We read papers and came equipped with… more →