The Haitian government and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today signed a financing agreement for a project that will help Haitian farmers recover from the impact of Covid-19 and increase food production basic. The project will quickly revive agricultural production and income by rehabilitating small-scale irrigation systems – a fundamental necessity in a country severely affected by climate change – will provide essential agricultural inputs and help increase the resilience of farmers.
The Emergency Project for Strengthening the Resilience of Small Farmers to the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic (PURRACO, by its French acronym) is a $ 5.8 million project ($ 5 million from IFAD; 0 , $ 5 million from the Haitian government and a beneficiary). ‘in-kind contribution of $ 0.3 million). It will benefit 3,250 poor rural households (around 13,000 people, half of whom will be women and 30% young people).
“IFAD has been committed for many years to improving the lives of Haitian family farmers. In these difficult times, the Fund is stepping up efforts to help them recover from the impact of the pandemic, restart the economies of their communities, and build resilience to face future health emergencies and challenges. ‘other emergencies,’ said Rossana Polastri, IFAD Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
PURRACO will target the four Haitian departments most affected by food insecurity due to structural weaknesses, recently exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19: the departments of North-West, North-East, Center and South. It will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR).
PURRACO will help households recover, increase their production to pre-Covid-19 levels and access markets, thus strengthening food security with increased efficiency in agricultural production. At the same time, short cycle breeding (hens, pigs and goats) will increase the availability of animal protein in these remote rural areas, thus compensating for historical nutritional deficiencies.
Other IFAD operations also provide support to rural Haitians. Earlier this year, IFAD announced the start of the AGRI Digitization, a project that will enable 132 rural savings cooperatives and 86 producer organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean (including 22 Haitians) to improve their services. financial institutions and market their products online. .
The current Program for Technological Innovation in Agriculture and Agroforestry (PITAG, in French acronym) is a joint investment of US $ 90 million involving funds from IFAD, the Haitian government, the Global Agriculture and Security Program. Food (GAFSP) and the Inter-American Development Bank. (IDB). It aims to expand the adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies; the project is making significant progress in the Sud department, where IFAD funding is concentrated.
PURRACO is part of a larger response orchestrated by the Ministry of Agriculture to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a coordinated multi-donor effort, several other United Nations agencies and international financial institutions (IFIs) are contributing to this plan, the main objectives of which are to revive agricultural production, fisheries and aquaculture and to guarantee physical access. , economic and social to food.
Since IFAD began its engagement with Haiti in the 1980s, the Fund has invested in 10 projects in the country with a total value of $ 276.51 million ($ 125.21 million from IFAD funds) , for the benefit of 103,315 families.