Jean-Baptiste Chavannes was born in 1947 in Haiti. Educated as an agronomist, he founded the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) in 1973 to teach Haitian principles of sustainable agriculture. The MPP has become one of the most effective peasant movements of Haiti's history, succeeding in terms of economic development, environmental protection and the survival of each.
Chavannes continues his work despite the political climate in Haiti, which remains unstable. He has been exposed to several assassination attempts during periods of political destabilization in Haiti. Death threats have forced into exile between 1993 and 1994. He received the Goldman Environment Prize in 2005 for his work on forest protection.
- Jean Baptiste Chavanne
- "Islands & Island Nations 2005 – Chavannes Jean-Baptiste – Haiti – Sustainable Development". The Goldman Environmental Prize. 2005. Retrieved 2008-11-17.