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Earth Institute visits Project Medishare’s programs in Thomonde and Marmont

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Lead agronomist Florence Sergile describes the potential and the challenges of the land around Marmont with Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs as they look upon the panoramic view from Morne Sourit. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

Lead agronomist Florence Sergile describes the potential and the challenges of the land around Marmont with Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs as they look upon the panoramic view from Morne Sourit. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs and Pedro Sanchez, Director of Tropical Agriculture at the Earth Institute, joined The Green Family Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) delegation during a visit to Marmont. The visit also included a look at Project Medishare’s growing community health program along with the recently integrated agriculture program between Thomonde and Marmont.

After a short coffee break at Project Medishare’s Headquarters in Thomonde, visitors walked to view the demonstration farm as well as the Akamil Plant which is due for completion in December.

The tour continued with a journey half way up Morne Sourit to get a panoramic perspective of Marmont. Visitors were able to gain a birds-eye view of Marmont and the surrounding areas. Here, Project Medishare’s lead agronomist from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florence Sergile described the potential and challenges the environment represented. Sergile pointed out that while evident deforestation was present up on the mountain overlooking Marmont, that farmers and other villagers had protected the trees around Marmont as well as Thomonde.

Earth Institute's Director of Tropical Agriculture, Pedro Sanchez speaks with farmers in Cour Cadichon. Local farmers spoke with Sanchez about how they wanted to improve their farming practices to increase their profits from their crops. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

Earth Institute's Director of Tropical Agriculture, Pedro Sanchez, speaks with farmers in Cour Cadichon. Local farmers spoke with Sanchez about how they wanted to improve their farming practices to increase their profits from their crops. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

Before visiting the clinic and maternal health center in Marmont, the convoy climbed down Morne Sourit, to visit a potential natural irrigation system in Cour Cadichon. Local farmers gathered to speak to Sanchez and Sachs about the importance of their land and how they wished to improve their farming practices.

For their final stop before returning to Thomonde, the group toured Project Medishare’s clinic and the construction site of the Maternal Health Center in Marmont. After lunch back at Project Medishare’s headquarters, Sachs and Sanchez spoke to Project Medishare staff and the delegation expressing positive feedback regarding the programs already established by Project Medishare.