In each country, the goals of the FO4ACP are: Improved access to services to empower women, rural youth and vulnerable communities, Increased entrepreneurship, access to markets and financing through equitable value chains and business development services within POs, respecting sustainable food and agricultural principles, Facilitate a common sub-regional policy and program development process with governments, stakeholders and partners, including farmer and rural youth organizations, foster information exchange, training and capacity development.
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. It is the second largest island of the Greater Antilles and occupies an area of 48,670 km2, with a maximum distance of 390 km from
east to west and 265 km from north to south. It is located between 17°36' and 19°58'N latitude and 68°18' and 71°45'W longitude. The country is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Caribbean Sea, to the east by the Mona Passage, and to the west by Haiti. Its arable land is estimated at around 2.52 million ha, of which 1.3 million ha were cultivated in 2012 (0.8 million ha of annual crops and 0.5 million ha of permanent crops).
In 2013, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to US$60,614 million. The contribution of agricultural activity to GDP has fallen from 11 percent of the total economy in 1993 to 6 percent.
percent in 2013. In 2013, the total economically active population is 4,606,000 inhabitants or 44 percent of the total population of the country. The total economically active population in agriculture is 433,000 inhabitants (9 percent of the total economically active population), of which 34 percent are women.
Agricultural activity is concentrated in the production of rice and sugar cane. The traditional export products are sugar, cocoa, coffee and tobacco. Small farmers (farmers with farms of less than 3.13 ha) represent 72 percent, but only 28 percent of the cultivated area.