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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.

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Project Status

Active

Country

Haiti

Funding

Public

Focus area

  • Fragility
  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

World Bank

Results

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.

Contact

Caroline Plante
Task Team Leader & Senior Livestock Specialist
cplante@worldbank,org, +1-202-458-5400
Based in Washington, DC.

Documents

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The Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) is dedicated to fighting hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in low-income countries by supporting resilient and sustainable agricultural systems that benefit and empower poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers. Since its inception in 2010, GAFSP has received contributions totaling $1.7 billion from Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with funds going to countries that have strategic, innovative, and credible plans already in place to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

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