Haiti - Agriculture : Closing of the ambitious project «PWOFIPA'N»
The project, part of the Support Program for Food Security in Haiti (PASAH) of the European Union, intervened for more than 3 years, in different zones of the commune of Hinche. It was funded 80% by the European Union for an amount of 1.7 million euros, the counterpart being given by the CORDAID, the Bel Foundation, the "Association Frères de nos Frères" and the Cie Terrena.
This project involved many partners including the Ministry of Agriculture, Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders (AVSF), the "Mouvement Paysan Papaye" (MPP), the Haitian NGO VETERIMED, the National Council of Popular Financing (KNFP in creole), the "École Moyenne de Développement de Hinche" (EMDH) and the Savings and Credit Cooperative of Lascahobas (COOPECLAS).
Following this project, positive results are numerous among others :
A sugarcane processing plant, in whole sugar, in powder of high quality and for transformation to other products processed has been created. This workshop will allow more than 100 cane growers to secure their income but also increase sugar cane production;
Two cane mills engines were installed for the benefit of more than 150 sugar cane growers;
Construction of a beautiful dairy in Maïssade that allows more than 120 cattle breeders to value the milk of the commune. Dairies of Belladère, Hinche and Mirebalais also received training and equipment for the recovery of the milk of small farmers;
Several workshops were also constructed as a food manufacturing plant for fish and other house pets.
The project also allowed others achievements such as measures to promote rural entrepreneurship in order to increase local agricultural production and improve the incomes of beneficiary families. Concretely, grants, equipment and / or access to credit was provided to 31 cane growers, 20 agro-ecologists (Sectors gardening, banana and goats), 20 cattle farmers, 20 breeders of laying hens and to five fish farmers as well for two ironworkers who have been equipped for making or repairing farm machinery.
Besides the various infrastructure built, the project "PWOFIPA'N" helped promote regular exchanges between Haitian farmers in different zones of the country but also with other countries like Peru, Ecuador and France. French trainees came to realize their memory of end of study in Haiti nd the results obtained of this work are useful for the development of sectors accompanied.
In his remarks, Vincent Degert, Ambassador of the European Union stressed that the food and nutrition security was now a priority of intervention and announced that the European Union in Haiti, will invest 100 million euros by 2020.