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Haiti - Agriculture : Launch of two major agricultural projects in the great South
29/11/2020 09:40:40

Haiti - Agriculture : Launch of two major agricultural projects in the great South
This week, Agronomist Patrix Sévère, Minister of Agriculture and Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Stuart Savage, launched two major agricultural projects; "Corn" and "Aveti"

These two projects, funded by Canada under a bilateral agreement with the Ministry, will be led by Papyrus S.A. (fund management agency) and the International Agricultural Alliance. These two projects will be carried out in the departments of Sud and Grand‘Anse.

The "Corb" Project :
The "Corn" project is a five-year project in the corn and bean value chain co-managed by Papyrus and its partners, Les Moulins d'Haïti (LMH), Research Triangle International (RTI) and the Alliance pour la gestion des risks and business continuity (AGERCA). Funded to the tune of C$13 million over 5 years by Global Affairs Canada, this project will change the lives of small farmers, especially young people and women in rural communities, by strengthening their capacities through agricultural education, by providing small grants and improving market access.

The Project is in the process of being implemented in the South department, particularly in the communes of Torbeck, Cayes and Camp-Perrin. Through this project, officials intend to increase corn producers' access to competitive and reliable commercial markets by creating market incentives linked to a secure, large-scale buyer. They intend to increase the yields and post-production quality of maize and beans in the targeted regions. The other objective is to improve agricultural inputs, mechanization and production infrastructure. Centered initially in the South of Haiti, the project will subsequently expand into the Arbonite valley.

The "AVETI" Project :
The Climate Adaptation and Economic Development of Agricultural Sectors in Haiti (AVETI) project was set up to develop the historically important cocoa and yam sectors in the department of Grand'Anse, to increase economic well-being and reduce the vulnerability of Haitians, especially women and young people living in rural areas.

To add value to the cocoa and yam sectors, the project aims to rehabilitate damaged plots of land and adopt innovative agricultural practices that will increase the quantities produced and improve the quality of food. Dialogue between actors and value chain actors is also facilitated to allow better coordination of the targeted sectors, from access to seeds to the sale of fresh or processed products. Thus, the cocoa and yams produced in the targeted areas can be sold at remunerative prices for producers and allow them to reach new markets.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada over 5 years to the tune of C$ 12.9 million, 3,500 cocoa and yam producers will directly benefit from the project and 17,500 people will benefit indirectly.

HL/ TB/ HaitiLibre

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