“THE PEARL OF THE ANTILLES " movie
Organized by: CHARLES Jonas
EVENT DATE Oct 17, 2015
The pearl of the Antilles
In 1700’s the coffee bean was the greatest resource for Haitian farmers, these days a few can make a living from growing coffee, and then they are cutting them for charcoal production in order to survive.so would the Haitian coffee be survive?
An Agronomist sits down with a cup of coffee and reflects on the problem of Haitian coffee production and the dilemma of farmers. He goes out in the provinces. He explores the cycle of coffee’s production and gathered information from men and Women who are involved in the industry. During his journey he has to end up with the understanding of the impact of the problematic of coffee production in the social economy.
From the tropical mountains of Haiti, comes a coffee bean that produces a rich, aromatic, and sensational coffee drinking experience .Haiti’s Caribbean climate, the growing region’s mountain elevation, and the shade provided by the indigenous trees all provide the perfect growing environment for this precious bean. This naturally forest grown shade coffee is treat by Haitians farmers around Haiti and brought to you in your cup.
By the 1700’s Haiti was a valuable agricultural exporter on the international market producing 50% of the world’s coffee. In all the 10 departments, coffee was cultivate and created incomes and jobs for many Haitian men and women. Few Haitians these days can make a living growing coffee and the knowledge is becoming lost with the passing of the older generation. Coffee farming in Haiti has decreased due to a drop in coffee prices, poor road conditions, and political instability. In the early 1990's coffee cultivation in Haiti was affected by trade embargos, as well as coffee rust, a fungal disease that attacked the coffee bean plant. Many organizations and partners are working hard to put the power of coffee back into the hands of the farmers.
“The pearl of the Antilles” is film about to revitalize the Haitian coffee industry and to redevelop their agricultural heritage to its former glory. We can make the change and adds value to the trees and coffee forests in way to prevent farmers from cutting them for charcoal production in order to survive.