Mennonite Central Committee is supporting Partenariat pour le Développement Local with the second year of a five-year agriculture and livelihoods project in the Artibonite Department.
Haiti has one of the highest levels of chronic food insecurity in the world with more than half of its total population chronically food insecure. Underlying drivers of this situation include extreme poverty, frequent natural disasters, poor performance of the agriculture sector and heavy dependence on food imports.
In the project area, farmers struggle to produce enough crops year-round to sustain their household’s food needs. Building on a previous three-year food security project implemented from 2017 to 2020, this project will work with farmer owned cooperative associations to continue to improve food security and strengthen livelihoods. The past project worked to protect the soils against erosion, better manage organic matters, encourage the use of crop association/diversification and cover crops fixing nitrogen and producing biomass and other tools to prevent the side effects of the climate change. These activities are being continued in this project through training workshops, cross learning visits and field experiments. Topics in seed production, agroforestry, postharvest management, animal production and care, and agriculture marketing have also been added in this project to continue to improve food production and diversify livelihood sources.
In total 580 households will participate in project activities, reaching a total of 3,094 individuals.