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Haiti - Agriculture : USAID provides assistance of $8.5MM to the agricultural sector
28/11/2012 10:13:49

Haiti - Agriculture : USAID provides assistance of $8.5MM to the agricultural sector
The U.S. Government continues its efforts to assist the Government of Haiti in responding to the agricultural and infrastructural damage caused by the passage of Sandy. Thus, USAID/FFP will provide additional resources to strategic support partners, including CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and World Vision in targeting localized food insecurity in La Gonâve, Southeast, South and Central Plateau.

USAID is considering assistance to other provinces through Cash/Vouchers for work programs to support short to medium term employment in community projects; procurement of seed and agricultural inputs to return damaged farms to productivity; targeted distribution of PL480 Title II commodities and provision of vouchers to the most food insecure households to purchase food and other items on the local market.

Through the USAID WINNER program, the U.S. government has developed a POST-SANDY ACTION PLAN to target the Cul-de-Sac and Matheux, two major agricultural zones in Haiti. The goal is to rehabilitate important road and irrigation infrastructure recently damaged by the passage of Sandy.

Activities will be prioritized based on their importance to agricultural production. The plan, with a total of US$8.5 million, will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.

WINNER has also slated 13 roads for rehabilitation for a total of 173 km of rural roads in the Cul-de-Sac and Matheux and corridors. In the Cul-de-Sac, USAID will rehabilitate 5 rural roads (67 km) in the plains and another 5 (63 km) in the highlands. In the Matheux corridor, USAID will rehabilitate 2 roads (28 km) in the hills and another one (15 km) in the lowlands.

USAID will continue to coordinate with the Haitian government and relief agency partners to assess humanitarian needs and additional U.S. Government funding requirements.

Learn more about USAID's WINNER Project :
The project has completed rehabilitating irrigation systems costing $5.7M in both the Cul-de-Sac and Matheux. Key activities included river bank treatment/protection, rebuilding and cleaning of irrigation canals, river bed rechanneling and resizing, and water intake from rivers. USAID WINNER also launched the bean planting season at a cost of $1M which will provide Farmers with seeds and other inputs.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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