Relaunching Agriculture: Strengthening Agriculture Public Services II Project (RESEPAG II)$10 million to increase and strengthen rural animal and plant health public services, as well as develop and expand public extension services in priority regions.
Over the last two decades, the Haitian economy has been particularly affected by repeated political crises and a series of devastating natural disasters, resulting in delays in reforms and a loss of crops with millions severely affected. Agriculture plays a dominant role in the Haitian economy, contributing about 22% of GDP, accounting for around 50% of overall employment, 66% of employment in rural areas, and 75% of employment in low income households. About a third of the country’s children suffer from chronic malnutrition and half of women are anemic, and spend more on less nutritious food. Many farmers do not use improved planting materials, rather they simply use seeds saved from the previous crop planted using only hand tools in degraded soil without pest controls or other agro-inputs. They also have no access to modern technologies and little protection against pests or diseases.
The Relaunching Agriculture: Strengthening Agriculture Public Services Project II (RESEPAG II) carries out activities to strengthen the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development in providing agricultural support services, including the establishment of a new agricultural middle school in partnership with USAID/ USDA. The project also improves Ministry services by
strengthening the extension service, improving the quality and availability of market price information, and modernizing sanitary and phyto-sanitary services. In addition, the project provides subsidy vouchers to farmers to purchase inputs and technical assistance in
the South and Centre/Artibonite Departments and matching grants to producers’ organizations to stimulate innovation in the North, Northeast, and South Departments.
- Inclusive Business
- World Bank
RESEPAG II’s activities to strengthen the role of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development in providing agricultural support services include renovation of agricultural middle schools, creating and strengthening various technical
units (environment, nutrition, gender, etc.), and collecting and disseminating consumer prices of agricultural goods. The project has implemented a number of activities to support capacity building including 28,012 farmers registered in the Ministry’s registry, 8,986 days of training linked to SPS provided to epidemiological volunteers and private veterinarians, 317,364 cattle identified by the project and included in the Government information system, 5,607 farmers adopting improved agriculture technologies through matching grants, and 1,192 hectares of land restored or converted to agroforestry production targeting public and private sector actors for surveillance and control of animal and plant diseases. The project has scaled up activities aimed at sanitary surveillance of rabies and ran a successful vaccination campaign. Approximately 400,000 dogs were vaccinated against rabies. Overall, 32,516 people have benefited from the project, 41 percent of whom have been women. The project is expected to reach 60,000 beneficiaries, including 24,000 women.
Task Team Leader & Senior Livestock Specialist
Based in Washington, DC.
Official Project Documents:
- World Bank Project Appraisal Document (2011)
- World Bank Restructuring Paper (2015)
- World Bank Restructuring Paper (2017)
- GAFSP Proposal
- Cover Letters with Endorsements from: the Government (French) and the Donor Working Group (French)
- Sector Strategy: National Agriculture Policy (French)
- Background documents (Haiti: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and IDB Public Expenditure Managment and Financial Accountability Review (PEMFAR) (French))
- Sector Investment Plan: Agriculture Investment Plan and background document (Earthquake Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA))
- Report on Independent and Peer Review