Local Economy against Poverty

Agroecology to improve the resilience of vulnerable populations to climate risks

After Hurricane Matthew, Agrisud started a project in January 2017 in southern Haiti with its local partner Gradimirh. The Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region is backing this project which aims to improve the resilience of vulnerable populations to climate risks. Post-emergency actions are initially undertaken to quickly restart agricultural activities.
Sustainable actions related to agroecological practices will then be undertaken to revive the local economy and food security of families.

Matthew post diagnosis

resilience-des-populations-vulnerables-2The Hurricane Matthew on southern Haiti has caused considerable damage. Agricultural sector losses are estimated at over 500 million euros and 175 000 people lost their homes. Such damage could lead to severe food crises in the medium and long term.

In December 2016, Agrisud and his partner Gradimirh made a diagnosis (document in french) by associating elected officials and populations. This assessment concerns the three most affected towns of this zone: Port-Salut, Saint-Jean du Sud and Roche-à-Bateau. Results show that most of the productive capital of these rural areas disappeared: infrastructures, seed stocks, livestock, etc.

Action plans have been realized based on the analysis of the constraints and assets of each town/area, in order to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations against climate risks.

Implementing solutions to improve the resilience of vulnerable populations

resilience-des-populations-vulnerables-3Since January 2017, emergency measures have been implemented to meet basic food needs of the population. The rehabilitation of infrastructure and means of production are thus prioritized in order to quickly restart family farming activities.

A second phase will start the local economy revival and ensure families food security in the identified areas. To achieve this, Agrisud and its partner will support the producers with an approach implementing agroecological practices. Agroforestry will be promote as it provides a better protection of areas against natural disasters.

Thanks to a professional training program, families can gradually rebuild their lives in their own community..

Climate change is not unrelated to many of these natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew, further weakening vulnerable populations. The diversity of agro-ecological solutions contribute to reduce these risks and improve their resilience in order for them to get a better control of their environment rather than suffering it.