From Mike Mueller at Hope Seeds:
"As you are already aware, we send no hybrids to Haiti and only what is the best quality open-pollinated seed available to us. There are a number of varieties within certain species which are easily reproduced in Haiti… okra, beans, hot peppers, eggplant, and others. Things like tomato and sweet pepper are also reproducible but may be adversely affected by the many viruses floating about in that tropical environment… and without some training in disease identification and their vectors it is possible that (unintentionally) a seed-saver may be spreading a devastating disease and hindering any crop / profits.
I concur that there is little trust within Haiti for the seed being sold by the few vendors… there have been many horror stories of very low or no germination, not true to type varieties, and then no recourse for the purchaser due to lack of fair seed trade laws within/enforced by a reputable department of agriculture.
What is a poor farmer to do…?
I am glad to be working alongside David Beausejour and Pierre Duclona of LesCayes region. They are producing Habanero, Eggplant, Okra, and some bean varieties with plans to test their capacity of tomato and sweet peppers. They have initiated a new enterprise (which I am helping get accomplished) called D&D Enterprise Agricola. They are planning to produce and sell the Haitian-grown seed. I believe you have met both of these men at past conferences… and David used to work at SEED with Frantz Clotaire, and Pierre taught some classes there at one time (as well as at the Un.of Caribbean in LesCayes).
I firmly believe that Haiti needs its own sustainable seed sources, and to do so it must enforce upon itself a trustworthy and accountable seed program… quality seed at fair market driven prices and offering the best varieties suited to Haiti. That is why I have chosen to work alongside credible men like David and Pierre."