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.
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people benefited from the project, 46 percent were women
of farmers have adopted project-promoted technology
million dogs vaccinated against rabies
The project benefitted 49,420 people, 46 percent of whom were women. RESEPAG II provided 36,524 client days of training to scientists, extension agents, agro-dealers, farmers, community members, and other beneficiaries to raise agricultural productivity. As a result, 66 percent of farmers have adopted project-promoted technology, out of a 70 percent end-of-project target. Additionally, the project provided training and capacity building for farmers to improve plant sanitary and phytosanitary measures. Further, the capacity for vaccination has improved and the project scaled up activities aimed at sanitary surveillance, leading to approximately 1.2 million dogs being vaccinated against rabies and more than 2.4 million cows against anthrax