TITLE: The Peasant Movement of Papay
SPEAKER: Chavannes Jean-Baptiste
EVENT DATE: 11/06/2009
RUNNING TIME: 157 minutes
Sponsored by the Hispanic Division, leaders of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) from Haiti gather for an oral history of this movment. The MPP has become one of the most effective environmental peasant movements in Haitian history, successfully fostering economic development, environmental protection and individual survival. Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is the featured speaker for this event. The presentation is given in Haitian Creole followed by English translation.
Speaker Biography: Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is Executive Director and founder of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP). He is the national coordinator and national spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of Papay Congress (MPNKP); member of the International Coordination Committee, via Campesina; and past member (2004-2008) of the International Commission for Food Sovereignty, via Campesina. Jean-Baptiste was in charge of the agricultural section at the Religious and Agricultural Initiation Center in Papay (1972-1989), director of the Catholic Church's social ministry (1977-1989), and member of the continental coordination of the International Movement of Catholic Rural Youth (1985-1989). He has founded fifteen agricultural and fishing cooperatives in five of Haiti's geographic departments. He is an agricultural technician, expert in peasant education and organization, and specialist in cooperative management and organization. In 2005 he was the recipient of The Goldman Environmental Prize and received the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award from Brown University in 1993.