Meet CEI: Arol Ilerand, Agriculture Program Manager

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Arol Ilerand lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in rural Haiti in the Department of Nippes.

He is passionate about bringing better farming techniques and crops to smallholder farmers, empowering them through the development of local community leadership, and restoring depleted soil in rural Haiti.

Arol and Jeannette farmers bagging seed corn for CEI’s agriculture program immediately after the hurricane. Higher quality seed and compost produced the biggest yield the farmers have seen in the villages there. Now, farmers give back a percentage of their harvest, so that additional farmers can receive seed corn for next planting.

Arol has a B.S. in Agronomy from the Université Episcopale d’Haïti (Port au Prince, Haiti — 2005); an M.S. in Territory, Heritage and Environment Management, with Specialization in Geographical Information System Management from the Université Jean-Monnet (Saint-Etienne, France — 2011); and another M.S. in Land settlement, with specialization in Rural Development from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Lyon, France — 2012).

Agronomist Arol Ilerand, who grew up in Jeannette (he is on left) is leading CEI’s agriculture efforts in Haiti. Master’s degree in agronomy (details on Leadership page on our website). Here, he is pictured at Camp McDowell, where he spent a month’s internship learning more about training children and adults through experiential, hands-on lessons.

Since 2005, Arol has worked as a consultant (Diagnostics and Improvement of Community Development) for several institutions and NGOs in Haiti that include World Vision International, NCA: Norwegian Church Aid, Haiti’s Ministry of Agriculture, the State University of Gonaives, and for Krik Krak at Croix des Bouquets.

His work has included coordinating community diagnostic and disaster risk programs. Arol has taught high school and college courses in agricultural development and environmental conservation.

Arol is an advocate for community development and social change.

He is one of the founders of a local Non-Politics Organization (VACCAN) that advocates for youth social integration, contributes to the formation and improvement of education and the environment, and builds relationships of cooperation and partnership with organizations who have similar objectives.

CREATING SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMIC CHANGE

CEI’s Haitian and American leaders have been working together for over 25 years.