Haiti - Agriculture : Strengthening of the Haitian Agricultural Market Information System
In this context, a mission of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture (USDA) and of oreign Agricultural Service (FA) of the United States, which advises Haiti on how to install its system, as well as experts from the Department of Agricultural Statistics, of the Ministry of Agriculture of Haiti, went to the Dominican Republic for 3 days to know the strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities of the information system of prices of Dominican Ministry of Agriculture, to connect and share experiences of the systems of the two neighboring countries.
During their visit, to which have joined the technicians of the Department of Agricultural Economics, of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, the U.S. authorities have initiated a process of training with the opening of a workshop, whose one of the objectives were to identify the need for cooperation between the two systems and the training of collectors of market prices.
During his stay, the mission visited various markets of Greater Santo Domingo, including the "Merca Santo Domingo" to share with their managers and wholesalers: the commercial movement of sales centers, particularly in terms of volumes sales and price dynamics. Haitian technicians showed great interest in the methodology used by the Dominicans during interviews with traders to gather information on prices and other essential aspects.
In addition, the mission included the observation of the functioning of the automation data system of Ministry of Agriculture, in order to adapt the Haitian system, and make recommendations for its improvement. Both committees have worked on reporting, data analysis, dissemination of information and the management of database, among other aspects.
The installation of the Agricultural Market Information System is a USDA-FA project who asked to the Dominican Republic through its representative, Rodrigo Brenes, USDA-FA, that Haitian technicians can come to the country to see how the process develops.
The mission in Haiti has highlighted the progress of the Dominican Republic including the collection and processing of data that govern agricultural markets, which according to them, contribute to streamline the commercialization system.
At the end of this mission, given the progress of the Dominican Republic in the installation and operation of its Agricultural Market Information System, it was agreed that the country continuously advises Haiti in the installation of its system, the provision of information and exchange of experiences. The technical mission of Haiti received documentation (manuals) on the data collection system of the Dominican Republic, as well as the physical units of the measurement system used in the country.
In addition, through the development of a second phase, it is expected a visit of technical missions of the two countries to the United States to receive training in the U.S. agricultural market information system. Also, under study, the ossibility to include a pilot project of information on the market within the framework of conservation project of the Artibonite River Basin, involving the two countries and to develop an action plan to gather information on the agricultural frontier.