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Haiti - Agriculture : Second assize on Food and Nutrition Security
03/06/2013 12:13:29

Haiti - Agriculture : Second assize on Food and Nutrition Security
This assize Food and Nutrition Security, which took place last week in Limonade (North), follow those held there a fortnight in the Deep South. In his speech, the engineer agronomist Joseph Vernet, Secretary of State for Agricultural Recovery, representing the Minister of Agriculture, Jacques Thomas, retained in Port-au-Prince for major professional reasons, wished to recall, that "by launching these debates the administration Martelly-Lamothe, proves once more its commitment to invest in domestic production, especially in agriculture, to achieve reverse the problem of food insecurity."

Excerpts from the statement of the Secretary of State :
"In speaking today, I want to add my voice to that of all others, to say that the weakest and most vulnerable remain hopeful [...]

Haiti is a country with multiple risks with a Human Development Index of great concern, aggravated by the food insecurity caused by various factors in the agricultural sector, of socio-economic area, of the demographics...

The reduction of food insecurity is part of the agenda of 185 Nations, including ours, which participated in the Rome Conference in 1996. [...]

It is a great challenge, which commands a broad base of cooperation and synergies [...]

It is in this perspective that, according to the vision of the Head of State, the agricultural sector is set for the

  • 50% increase in per capita income in rural areas ;
  • Reduce food dependency of the country to achieve self-sufficiency rate of 60% ;
  • 100% increase the export of agricultural products ;
  • Increase the rate of 5% vegetation cover of the country over the next five years.

Given the high partof imports in food availability and price volatility in the markets [national and international], the need for a rational instrument of sectoral policy, the revival of agricultural production appears to be an important pillar to improve the offer.

That is why the Ministry of Agriculture has developed a Triennial Agricultural Recovery Programme (PTRA) for 2013-2016, which aims, among others, develop sectors of food security and infrastructure, and provide appropriate services to producers and entrepreneurs in the sector. This program is in perfect harmony with the National Plan for Food and Nutrition Security (PNSAN), based on four sub-programs :

  • Subprogram of Support for Family Agriculture (PAAF) ;
  • Sub-Program of Strengthening of the Commercial Agriculture (PRAC) ;
  • Sub-Programme of Rural Infrastructure Development and Management of Watersheds (DIRAB) ;
  • Sub-Programme for Institutional Strengthening and Governance of the Agricultural Sector (PRIGSA).

Compared to the current situation in the North where multiply large projects in tourism industries, manufacturers, who promote a major boost in demand for agricultural products, the recovery plan is welcome [...]

In this context, the Ministry calls once again, the actors in the Greater North to continue to harmonize their nterventions with the efforts made by Agricultural departmental offices in North and North East and Northern Development Agency (ODN). This is an opportunity to focus on major projects that are being developed from multiple funds, such as : the Strengthening of Services for Small Farmers (RESEPAG), the Technology Transfer Programme for Farmers (PTTA), the Small Irrigated Perimeter (PPI), and Feed for the Future respectively financed by the IDB, the World Bank, IFAD and USAID.

[...] It is appropriate to recall that the issue of food security has a multi-sectoral scope, requiring harmonization and integration of interventions of all stakeholders.

Challenges to address appear as an equation with several components and the actions promote must endeavor to take into account these different aspects :

  • Ensure sustainable food security in communities and households ;
  • Ensure the safety of ecosystems around the water systems in the far north that support life and guarantee both the agricultural production process that all economic activities in the region ;
  • Ensure the establishment of inter-institutional mechanism and of coordination for effective and robust management and a harmonious coexistence between people and resources ;
  • Ensure the economic security of the Haitian man.

HL/ S/ HaiïtiLibre

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