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Action Against Desertification

Haiti

Erosion affects over half of Haiti’s territory, a consequence of an alarming rate of deforestation, combined with inappropriate agricultural practices. 6% of the land, or 166 500 hectares, is considered to be severely eroded.

Since 2015, Action Against Desertification helps local communities in Haiti’s Grand’Anse department with the restoration of degraded land by planting native species of trees, shrubs and grasses. The project also promotes the development of non-timber forest products.

The efforts address some of the major causes of land degradation in Haiti, in line with its National Action Programme for the Implementation of the UN's Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Land restoration: 6 673 hectares of degraded land were restored and 1 250 hectares were planted to start their restoration using 600 000 seedlings of local forest and fruit species.

Income generating activities: beekeepers, who received support in honey production, produced 9 085 liters of honey in 2018, generating a net revenue of USD 5 600.

Capacity development: 600 farmers were trained in land restoration and soil conservation techniques, while 65 producers of community-based organizations received training in forest seed collection and handling, nursery techniques and the management of planted plots. Moreover, 300 farmers learned how to improve crop seed production and 15 farmer facilitators updated their technical knowledge through Farmer Field Schools.

Action Against Desertification in Haiti [read more]

  • Intervention area: Communes of Bonbon and Abricots in Grand’Anse department
  • Population : 44 173 inhabitants
  • Surface: 13 734 hectares