Haiti – Agriculture : 15 million euros for the revival of the coffee sector
Thursday April 8, at Baptiste’s agricultural farm (Central Dept.), Patrix Sévère the Minister of Agriculture, accompanied by the First Lady Martine Moise, Marie Ghislaine Monpremier, the Minister of Social Affairs of the French Ambassador in Haiti, José Gomez, a representative of the French Development Agency (AFD) Gaëlle Letilly, the Departmental Agricultural Directors of the Center and members of agricultural cooperatives and networks of coffee producers, launched “Leve Kafe” a support project for agroforestry in coffee basins.
The purpose of the project, according to Agriculture Minister Patrix Sévère, is to strengthen the resilience of family farming by developing economically efficient agroforestry systems in coffee terroirs.
According to project coordinator Maxo Duclona, the Project has three specific objectives. He spoke of support for agroforestry based on coffee trees in suitable terroirs and support for diversification towards agroforestry based on cocoa trees; the creation of an institutional and structural environment favorable to the development of agroforestry systems at the level of the areas in which the project is located and the creation of a favorable institutional environment at the national level.
Financed by the French Development Agency to the tune of 15 million euros, this project, which will be carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture in the Communes of Baptiste de Thiotte (South-East Dept) and Dondon (North Dept. ) through the Haitian National Coffee Institute (INCAH), should contribute to the revival of the coffee and cocoa sectors in the country.
Of the 5,000 beneficiaries targeted, the project provides for a minimum quota of 30% of women. Martine Moise invited farmers to play their part in effectively relaunching the coffee sector, stressing that “[…] each coffee tree planted is an investment. And this investment will contribute to the economic recovery of communities, the creation of jobs and the sustainable development of the country. “
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