Haiti & Jamaica
Trees That Feed People
Trees That Feed Foundation is a US-registered nonprofit whose mission is “planting trees to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment with a focus on planting trees in school gardens in low income rural areas with food shortages.” TTFF presently works in Jamaica and Haiti and intends to branch out into Africa. The Foundation provides sustainable food sources to communities through fruit-bearing trees with edible fruit and high yields. TTFF supplies trees, equipment and training. This model improves nutrition and has the added benefits of providing long-term independence from food imports and agrochemicals.
With BGR sponsorship, Trees That Feed will distribute 400 breadfruit trees to Jamaica and Haiti (200 in each country) along with processing kits to extend use of breadfruit beyond the fruit-bearing season. Breadfruit bears a fruit somewhat smaller than a soccer ball. One fruit can easily provide the carbohydrate portion of a meal for a family of five. A mature tree can produce up to a half ton of fruit per year. Fresh breadfruit is prepared similar to starch vegetables (boiled, grilled, fried). The BGR grant also covers the cost of breadfruit processing kits and driers so that the dried and milled fruit can be used as a flour substitute for baking and porridge.