Based on the expertise of its members in metropolitan France and overseas departments in South America, Agreenium undertook to provide a coordinated programme of Research-Training-Development to meet the demands of the Haiti Government’s economic recovery plan for the agricultural sector.
After the initial emergency intervention in 2010, which notably made provision for eleven students to complete a Master’s course in France , the 2011 action plan raised more than €400,000, of which €100,000 came from Agreenium, to:
- strengthen on-going regional projects (epidemiological surveillance of animals, development of agro-ecological horticultural systems, management of natural resources and development of drainage basins);
- support the agricultural higher education system (making provision for 15 students to complete a Master’s programme, strengthen the teaching staff of the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Faculty (FAMV), introduce the three-cycle degree structure (Bachelor’s-Master’s-PhD), provide strategic support for the Ecole de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement - Water management institute);
- support the system of research and innovation notably by providing healthy and selected material enabling the re-launch of the local production of plantain and dessert bananas and yams for the local market;
- help re-establish the agricultural research and training system by participating in discussions about the organisation of national conferences on research in the agricultural sector.