The project on “Strengthening Climate Resilience and Reducing Disaster Risk in Agriculture to Improve Food Security in Haiti post-Earthquake” will link field level innovations with national strengthening of institutions to promote adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
December 2011: Following the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the Least Developed Fund (LDCF), developed a project on “Strengthening Climate Resilience and Reducing Disaster Risk in Agriculture to Improve Food Security in Haiti post-Earthquake.”
The goal of the project is to reduce the impact of climate change on vulnerable farmers, while sustaining agricultural production and contributing to food security. This will include integrating disaster risk management into agricultural policy and addressing structural factors linked to vulnerability.
The project focuses on: the identification, validation, and appropriate introduction of seeds, cropping patterns, cultivars and improvement to traditional adaptation practice to promote climate-resilience of livelihood systems; agro-forestry (tree planting); sustainable land and water management practices, including soil conservation and land tilling; and strengthening of local institutions and associations to encourage awareness and dissemination of risk management linked to regional and national level disaster and climate risk management. The project is being executed by the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The project is funded by a $2 million grant from the LDCF and $5 million in co-financing. [IISD RS Sources] [GEF LDCF webpage]