Following the devastations of Hurricane Maria in September 2017, the Government of Dominica with the financial support of the World Bank (US$25.0 million) has started the implementation of the “Dominica Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project (DEALCRP), a five-year period intervention.
It is designed to help farmers and fisher folk affected by Hurricane Maria restore their agriculture and fishing livelihoods and adopt climate resilient practices.
The project has three components:
- Restoration of the Productive Base for the Recovery of Agricultural Livelihoods
- Restoration of Key Productive Infrastructure and Institutional, Livestock and Forestry.
- Project Management and Coordination
- To contribute to restoring Agricultural livelihoods and enhancing climate resilience of farmers and fisher folks affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.
- To contribute directly to Dominica’s National Agricultural Policy and Action Plan 2016–2025 that identified several key needs for agricultural development, including a more modernized agriculture sector, increased farm productivity, and overall climate resilience of the country’s agriculture and food systems.
The direct beneficiaries of the project are crop and livestock farmers, fisher folks, and producer organizations affected by Hurricane Maria.
The Government has established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production and Fisheries to coordinate the day to day management and execution of the project. (Including: Project Manager, Procurement Officer, Finance Officer; M&E Officer, Communication Officer, Fisheries Officer, Forest Officer, Agricultural Specialist, Environmental Safeguard Officer, Logistics and Warehouse Manager, Warehouse Supervisor, Warehouse Clerk, Engineer, IT Officer.
Presently, the Unit is implementing Component A: Restoration of the Productive Base for Recovery of Agricultural Livelihoods. The activities currently being implemented fall mainly under the following subcomponents, among others:
A1. Restoration of the cropping systems of eligible crop farmers through the provision of an essential package of inputs (mainly improved quality seeds and fertilizers) tools and material for replanting and restoration of crops
A2. The restoration of livestock and fisheries systems to reestablish the production capacity and livelihood of eligible livestock farmers and fisher folk.
A 2.a) Restoration of livestock structures- programmatic support to livestock farmers for building more sustainable and climate resilient sector through construction of animal shelters and other infrastructures for poultry, rabbits and small ruminants as well as beekeeping.
A 2b Restoration of Fisheries systems- Providing support for eligible fisher folk to restore fish supply through the repairs and construction of boats and the reconstruction or rehabilitation of boat building facilities, including tools, equipment and replacement.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
Crop farmers, livestock farmers, fisher folks and boat/canoe builders affected by Hurricane Maria in all ten parishes of Dominica.
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI)
The beneficiaries must express interest in the project. The objective of the call is to invite the submission of Expressions of Interest forms(EOIs) from eligible parties, to determine the main type of support intervention they would qualify for: whether as a small, medium-size or commercial farmer and whether as a fisher, livestock or crop producer and provide key inputs, tools, and productive assets.