Technological Innovation for Agroforestry and Agriculture Program (PITAG)$10 million to increase agricultural productivity and food security for small farmers in selected areas of the North, Artibonite, South, and Grande Anse 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. However, producers typically use outdated and ineffective technologies like planting materials, soil conservation or pest management techniques, and hardware is limited to hand tools – resulting in low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.
PITAG will build on the accomplishments of PTTA and similar programs in Haiti. An estimated 73,000 farmers will benefit both directly
and indirectly from the project, particularly in the South and Grande Anse Departments, which were severely affected by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Women are expected to comprise at least 40 percent of the beneficiaries. The objective of the project is to
increase agricultural productivity and improve the use of natural capital through the adoption of sustainable technologies. PITAG will finance applied research and training, which will create, improve, and/or adapt sustainable agricultural technologies that will enhance
the supply of technological options available to farmers. The project also strengthens the higher education curriculum through research projects to improve applied and adaptive research and technology transfer capabilities in Haiti. The project also finances the adoption of profitable, climate smart, and sustainable agricultural technologies that will improve farm profitability, generate positive environmental
externalities, and facilitate the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. This activity is implemented through an agricultural incentives mechanism whereby interested farmers participate in a series of fairs that match demand and supply for the various
- Climate Change
The project is in the set-up stage of project implementation. The recruitment of project staff and NGO operators that will manage the voucher and subsidy scheme have been completed.
Carmine Paolo De Salvo
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