The Fish That Could Feed Haiti
Valentin Abe directs a fish farming project in Haiti that has helped bring Croix-des-Bouquets, a “dirt poor” village next to a barren lake, new prosperity. Abe, himself from a impoverished childhood in Ivory Coast, brought his U.S. education and organizational skills to the country 13 years ago, and has managed to build a successful tilapia fish hatchery and farm – started with his own money. Although rebuffed by the Haitian government at first, his project has since won international acclaim, including support from the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton.
Abe’s warm personality and generous spirit shine through in this Time Magazine video that documents the work of one of its “Time 100” honorees. The camera follows the fish farming process, from modern hatchery and net cages in the lake, to harvest and preparation for sale by the villagers. Abe has made it a point to teach the locals how to run the operation, and they clearly see the benefits — better nutrition, increased income and opportunities for their children. In a country where the need is so great, he says, “even a little help can make a big difference.”
Video by Craig Duff