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Haiti - Quebec : 1.3 million for an agricultural adaptation project to climate change
10/11/2018 09:13:56

Haiti - Quebec : 1.3 million for an agricultural adaptation project to climate change
This week, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada and its Haitian partner the Institute of Technology and Animation (ITECA), launched a project in Les Cayes to support peasant in the southern part of the country in adapting their agricultural production systems to climate change. The PROCLIMA Project is aimed at improving the food security of community’s in Haiti’s Sud department (the communes of Cavaillon, Maniche, St-Louis du Sud and Aquin) by introducing adapted agricultural techniques and the sustainable development of the organic food sector.

“To prepare ourselves for the impacts of climate change, the Sud department must increase its food production. We will do this by adopting cultivation practices that will enable the agricultural territory to strengthen its resilience to the variability of rainfall, floods, hurricanes and storms. But to ensure that the activities are sustainable, significant investments are required to strengthen the Department’s social capital, particularly among farming organizations,” explains Chenet Jean-Baptiste, director of ITECA.

As part of the PROCLIMA Project, ITECA and the farmers’ organizations are focusing on new production models that are both sustainable and resilient, capable of contributing to food security and protecting the environment. The major challenge is to replace the food crops that currently dominate on the slopes with agroforestry gardens.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada and its Haitian partner the Institute of Technology and Animation (ITECA), launched a project in Les Cayes to support peasant in the southern part of the country in adapting their agricultural production systems to climate change. The PROCLIMA Project is aimed at improving the food security of community’s in Haiti’s Sud department (the communes of Cavaillon, Maniche, St-Louis du Sud and Aquin) by introducing adapted agricultural techniques and the sustainable development of the organic food sector.

“To prepare ourselves for the impacts of climate change, the Sud department must increase its food production. We will do this by adopting cultivation practices that will enable the agricultural territory to strengthen its resilience to the variability of rainfall, floods, hurricanes and storms. But to ensure that the activities are sustainable, significant investments are required to strengthen the Department’s social capital, particularly among farming organizations,” explains Chenet Jean-Baptiste, director of ITECA.

As part of the PROCLIMA Project, ITECA and the farmers’ organizations are focusing on new production models that are both sustainable and resilient, capable of contributing to food security and protecting the environment. The major challenge is to replace the food crops that currently dominate on the slopes with agroforestry gardens.

In her intervention, Mary Durran, Program Officer for Haiti at Development and Peace / Caritas Canada, said, "The launch of this project was an opportunity to bring together farmers' organizations in the 4 municipalities participating in the project, as well as the mayors, local elected representatives, and two representatives from the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture. Each government representative has expressed interest and intent to work with the PROCLIMA project to improve and increase agricultural production while respecting and protecting the environment."

"Through PROCLIMA, we are trying to see how we can, at least this time, try to make sure that men and women famers really participate, that there is some educational work carried out and that from there, other projects and structures can emerge in order to really change the living conditions of our population," explains Sister Kesta Occident, Congregational Animator of the Sisters of Holy Cross.

The overall aim of the project, which is receiving $1.3 million in funding from the Québec government's Green Fund, is to contribute towards increasing local agricultural production through appropriate cultivation practices, strengthening the governance and management of farmers’ organizations and providing farmers with a strong position in the organic food sector.

Learn more about ITECA :
Founded in 1978 by a group of Haitian professionals and religious, the Institute of Technology and Animation is a long-standing partner of Development and Peace. As a popular education institution, it is a place of discussion, analysis and training aimed at strengthening the action of farmers’ organizations. ITECA has made a conscious choice in favour of the poorest farming communities by providing them with certain resources needed to support sustainable projects in peasant agriculture and livestock-raising, while facilitating their access to basic social services in the interests of justice and equity.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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