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Creating Economic Growth in Haiti’s Watershed Areas

Investing in the agriculture sector, WINNER worked with the government of Haiti, the private sector, and other stakeholders to modernize agriculture, reduce flooding threats, and create strong linkages between farmer organizations and private enterprise.
​In 2011, the Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources updated its approach and strategy to reflect USAID/Haiti’s new post-earthquake strategy. The initiative improved upon its integrated approach to watershed management, but began to focus more on large-scale agricultural production, processing, and commercialization in the economic corridors of the Cul de Sac, Saint Marc, Mirebalais, and Saut d’Eau regions.
To increase agricultural productivity, the project focused on providing management and material support to agro-supply stores or Boutiques d’Intrants Agricole, training farmers on best practices for production of target crops at the initiative’s regional sustainable rural development centers, and rehabilitation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems.
To improve watershed stability, the project protected selected hillsides through promotion of sustainable hillside agriculture
techniques, improving watershed governance in coordination with local authorities through development and implementation of a watershed management plan and flood warning systems, and supporting agro-forestry campaigns to increase tree coverage.
To strengthen agricultural markets, the initiative built and rehabilitated key farm-to-market feeder roads, increasing collaboration between producers and private associations, moving mango market norms and standards toward international standards, reducing post-harvest losses through training to farmers and building post-harvest facilities, and rehabilitating rural markets and vendor organizations.
Project Results:
  • 119 percent average increase in household income for more than 60,000 farmers
  • More than 300 "Chanpyon"associations and five "Chanpyon" cooperatives, involving more than 100,000 farmers, established
  • 3,127 master farmers trained (2,220 men and 907 women) to provide extension services in target areas
  • More than 30 new technologies and management practices introduced, including soil testing, motorized threshers, and hybrid maize and rice varieties
  • Eight potable water systems rehabilitated in the Cul de Sac, Matheux, and Gonaives corridors, benefiting more than 100,000 farmers
  • New dam and water diversion structure built on the Grise River, which prevents flooding for 50,000 farmers and creates 10,000 new jobs

Project Duration: 2009 - 2015


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