Agricultural productivity in Haiti has systematically declined in the last three decades, affecting economic growth and stability. A shift to annual cropping on steep slopes has caused erosion and exacerbated flooding that affects the slopes, as well as productive plain areas where farmers also grow crops. The magnitude of flooding has increased, water supplies have become much more erratic, and both lives and livelihoods are under threat. At the same time, ground water levels in the plains have dropped substantially due to growing urban demand, and water has become increasingly brackish as seawater replaces what used to be fresh water.
Feed the Future West is a multi-sectoral program that aims to increase incomes in U.S. Government development corridors―Port-au-Prince, St. Marc, and Cap Haitien. Through agricultural intensification, rehabilitation of rural infrastructure (irrigation infrastructure, etc.), and good governance of natural resources, Feed the Future West improves the livelihoods of targeted farmers. To reach these objectives, Feed the Future West brings together farmers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), agribusinesses, and government actors to comprehensively increase productivity and post-harvest efficiency, and improve the management and protection of the corridors’ key watersheds. Feed the Future West uses a value chain approach for focus crops in the productive plains, increasing crop output and sales by improving harvests, transport methods to reduce post-harvest losses, and access to markets.
The purpose of Feed the Future West is to implement broad scale investments in agriculture in order to make selected productive plains more competitive. We aim to promote agricultural intensification, sound natural resource management, and a modern post-harvest and marketing system.
Through Feed the Future West, our programs:
- Increase agricultural productivity through market driven access to inputs (seeds, fertilizers, tools), technologies and water;
- Improve watershed stability by supporting sustainable hillside agriculture, erosion control, tree planting, and watershed governance;
- Strengthen markets by improving rural transport infrastructures, the market information system, and post-harvest operations; and
- Establish public-private-producer partnerships (PPPPs) and leverage these PPPPs for the majority of watershed interventions.
Through our support:
- Feed the Future West has established five Rural Centers for Sustainable Development (CRDDs), which provide agricultural research, training, and extension services.
- The output of nearly 9,000 farmers has been increased by an average of 75 percent, generating $10.5 million in income.
- More than 700 master farmers have been trained and graduated, 25 percent of whom are women.
- Feed the Future West has introduced improved seeds, fertilizer, and technologies to more than 9,700 farmers; these have increased beneficiary farmers’ yields by 64 percent for rice, 320 percent for corn, 196 percent for beans, and 21 percent for plantains.
- Three mobile produce collection centers have been created and farmer’s associations have received 6,000 plastic crates. These post-harvest facilities have been used to improve the collection, sorting, storing, and transport of mangoes. As a result, three associations were able to increase mango sales to exporters by more than 65 percent.
Life of Project: June 2009 – May 2014
Implementing Partner: Chemonics International
Last updated: June 15, 2012