Gillaine Warne planted that first garden in 1999, to help reintroduce agricultural practices lost through centuries of mining and political turmoil, and it helped—but the need was vast.
Over the next few years, Gillaine and Charles Warne got connected with an organization devoted to treating illness and malnutrition in Haiti: Zanmi Lasante, an affiliate of Boston-based Partners in Health. The Warnes joined ZL as Zanmi Agrikol—Partners in Agriculture—and fundraised to purchase land and for growing peanuts, an instrumental food for treating malnutrition, and for teaching farming to Haitians of the Central Plateau.
Partners in Agriculture established itself as a separate 501(c)(3) in 2013, allowing for more partners to give to the work in Haiti. PIA currently operates several programs that coincide with that original mission: to end malnutrition by teaching Haitians excellent agricultural practices and equipping them with the tools they need to thrive