APWOKAPRIM is an association of peasant farmers living in the parish of Riviere Mancelle. Translated it is “Association of Production and Commercialization of Agriculture in the Parish of Riviere Mancelle. The acronym is APWOKAPRIM”, pronounced, “Ah-pwo-ka-pre-um.
In the spring of 2013 we began holding meetings with a small group of peasant farmers who showed leadership ability. The purpose of holding these meetings was to encourage peasant farmers to see the potential before them when they work together.
In the beginning when asked, the farmers stated that their goal was to help reestablish the coffee industry in the parish. It quickly evolved into a wider vision.
In March of 2014 the group officially adopted the name APWOKAPRIM and organized themselves into 31 different communities, each with their own chapter. Since then the smaller chapters have consolidated to where there are now 20 chapters representing 5000 members.
Monthly meetings are held with representatives of each chapter attending. Meetings have an attendance of forty plus members.
In the fall of 2014 we were able to collaborate with others and we sponsored four workshops. One on worm composting, one on bio-intensive gardening, one on increasing coffee production and one on vanilla.
APWOKAPRIM is a foundational element in developing self sustainability into the community of Riviere Mancelle.