Canadian Bio Research Firm to Assist Smallholder Farmers in Haiti

Posted on May 26, 2016

The POS Bio-Sciences firm, located in western Canada’s farming heartland, today announced a partnership with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) in Haiti aimed at improving the struggling agricultural economy there.

The initial focus of the partnership will center on the moringa tree (Moringa oleifera). Virtually every part of this fast-growing and drought-tolerant tree has a use, from the leaves with their extraordinary nutrient content to the young seed pods, which are a delicacy in some countries. But the Saskatoon-based POS team is particularly focused on the oil extracted from the moringa tree’s seeds, echoing back to the company’s early success in helping to develop the canola oil industry which significantly improved the livelihood of farmers.

“We are excited about the opportunity to develop innovative processes and technologies around moringa oil and other crops that are tailored to smallholder farmers,” said Dale Kelly, CEO of POS Bio-Sciences, “and helping to develop new export markets in the process.”

The company had previously connected with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance through Impact Farming, serving last year as a consultant to SFA as the organization prepared to supply protein-rich dried moringa leaf powder to the Oakland-based Kuli Kuli company. The resulting Kuli Kuli Green Moringa Energy shots are now on sale at all Whole Foods Market stores throughout the U.S.

“This new POS-SFA partnership has tremendous potential for adapting Canadian agricultural research to support the smallholder farmers of Haiti,” said Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, “by helping them increase domestic production as well as developing new export markets.”

In a new Timberland-sponsored documentary about the Smallholder Farmers Alliance called Kombit: The Cooperative, Hugh Locke, President of both the SFA and Impact Farming, speaks of having grown up in the Canadian prairies. “In fact I was raised not far from Saskatoon,” said Locke, “and now I am reconnecting with my agricultural roots via Haiti.”

About POS Bio-Sciences
POS Bio-Sciences is a confidential contract R&D Organization, specializing in the extraction, fractionation, purification and modification of bio-based ingredients; specifically oils, proteins, starches, fibers, and bio-actives. We serve the food, nutraceutical, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and ag-biotech industries from concept development to market entry. Our expertise is assisting our partners on limiting their investment, and getting their product to market quicker by leveraging our scientific expertise and facilities.

About Smallholder Farmers Alliance
The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) applies business solutions to help feed and reforest a renewed Haiti by establishing market-based farmer cooperatives, building agricultural export markets, creating rural farm businesses and contributing to community development.

About Impact Farming
Impact Farming works with smallholder farmers internationally to scale business solutions that integrate sustainable food production with increased tree cover and self-financed community development. Impact Farming also supports the work of the Haiti-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance.