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Disaster and climate risk assessment for PITAG regions in Haiti

Source(s):  International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

With more than 90% of its population exposed to natural disasters, Haiti is an extremely vulnerable country. The purpose of this study is to identify and evaluate potential project risks for the Agricultural and Agroforestry Technological Program PITAG in Haiti, which is managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNRD). The study particularly focuses on component II of the program, which includes the promotion of sustainable agricultural technologies in various areas. Within the pre-project phase of PITAG, different crops and technological packages have been prioritized based on their importance for Haiti, the socio-economic relevance of its population and the crops' and packages' potential for environmental sustainability. The primary goal now is to promote and finance the adoption of climate-smart and sustainable agricultural technologies in the PITAG program, which improve farm profitability, generate positive outcomes for the environment, and facilitate the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

However, complete disaster and climate risk assessments are missing, and several pitfalls could weaken the desired outcomes of component II in the PITAG program. Thus, the promotion of technological packages for crops in geographical areas, especially where climate risks are too high for sustainable development of the technological package in the future, does not always provide the best adaptation pathway for farmers to cope with climate risks. Areas with an expected high impact-gradient from climate change and variability require transformational actions for farmers (diversification options, change of livelihood system). This study subsequently carries out a disaster and climate risk assessment, and provides a management plan for both disaster and climate risks.

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  • Disaster and climate risk assessment for PITAG regions in Haiti
  • Publication date 2019
  • Author(s) Eitzinger, Anton; Eugene, Levael; Martínez, Armando; Navarrete, Carolina; Jarvis, Andy
  • Number of pages 104 p.

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