Suzanne on CHIBAS board of directors in Haiti — They are OK

Last year I joined the Board of Direc­tors of CHIBAS, a non-profit research cen­ter on bio-energy and sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture based in Haiti.  I was enor­mously relieved to find out that the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Research Direc­tor, Gael Pres­sior and his fam­ily and col­leagues are all fine after the earth­quake. We are work­ing with col­leagues at a vari­ety of orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing LAC-CORE, to facil­i­tate the rapid deploy­ment of renew­able energy tech­nolo­gies for light­ing, heat, elec­tric­ity, water purifi­ca­tion, and other crit­i­cal needs.

CHIBAS is work­ing to develop and pro­mote the use of mul­ti­pur­pose crops that could con­tribute to job cre­ation while improv­ing both the food and energy secu­rity in Haiti. CHIBAS has strong research capa­bil­i­ties and highly qual­i­fied per­son­nel in both agron­omy and genetics.

CHIBAS is set to become a Regional Bio­fu­els Tech­ni­cal & Knowl­edge Cen­ter that will serve the bio­fuel sec­tor by devel­op­ing energy crop tech­nolo­gies and vari­eties, with an ini­tial focus on jat­ropha and sweet sorghum. These tech­nolo­gies will be use­ful not only to Haiti but will be avail­able for all of the Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean coun­tries. More­over, CHIBAS will pro­vide the bio­fuel agro-industry and other stake­hold­ers the tech­nolo­gies and tech­ni­cal sup­port nec­es­sary for the devel­op­ment and suc­cess of the bio­fuel agro-industry in the region.