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Small Farmer Agriculture Technology Transfer Project (PTTA)

$25 million to contribute to sustainably improve small farmers' agriculture income and food security in the north and northeast departments.


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. In rural areas, 88% of individuals live below the poverty level and more than half earn less than $1 a day. Over one million families own mainly small-scale subsistence farms, with an average farm size less than one hectare. The main agricultural crops include maize, tubers, mangoes, coffee, avocados, citrus, rice, sorghum, beans, cocoa; of which mangoes, coffee, cocoa, together with essential oils, represent the main Haitian exports. Producers typically use outdated and ineffective technologies in terms of planting materials, soil conservation or pest management techniques, and hardware is limited to hand tools – resulting in low farm income levels, land degradation, increased vulnerability of farmers to natural hazards, and also food insecurity.


The Small Farmer Agriculture Technology Transfer Project (PTTA) contributed to sustainably improving small-scale farmers' agricultural income and food security in the north and northeast department. It provided increased farmer access to improved agricultural inputs and technologies while supporting the development of a private agricultural service and input provider network. The project also helped the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development to build capacity in regulating the seed industry.

Project Status






Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Fragility

Supervising entity


164,091 people benefited from the project, including 40% of which are women.


34,913 farmers, including 13,816 women, benefited from technology vouchers in 20 communes. The crop systems targeted are rice and vegetables as well as perennial plantations (such as coffee, cocoa, and other agroforestry systems), which also yield climate change adaptation benefits. 


27,930 farmers have adopted technologies being promoted, which have been adopted on 15,446 hectares. 

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Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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