2011 was a period of transition for the WINNER team, which had to phase out activities in the Gonaïves region, open a new office in Montrouis, and focus progressively on two economic corridors in the Cul de Sac and the Matheux, instead of three watersheds. This redeployment was the result of a fundamental change in the project’s purpose from broad-scale interventions in sustainable natural resource management to large investments “in agriculture, in order to make selected productive plains more competitive.” An important contract modification, signed in September 2011, defined a new results framework and identified the geographic areas of intervention.

Despite a challenging environment dominated by political uncertainties related to the presidential and legislative elections and the long transition period before installation of the new government, the WINNER team demonstrated strong performance and achieved its annual targets. The country was also hit by tropical storm Thomas in November 2010, but damage in our zones of intervention was limited, thanks to major bank widening and protection works completed by our team in La Quinte and Rivière Grise watersheds.

WINNER experienced a slowdown of our infrastructure works, following our departure from Gonaïves. In general, however, the project helped farmers significantly increase their yields, rehabilitated important irrigation systems and a key road  (often in partnership with private enterprises and community associations), and developed fruitful business links between producers and agribusinesses. WINNER phased out our earthquake recovery program. The project continued to build excellent relationships with the government at all levels and provided continuous technical and financial support to strengthen the organizational and managerial skills of about 300 farmer associations that are our main partners and beneficiaries. WINNER gave the generic name “Chanpyons” (“winners” in Creole), to all farmer associations that agree to include in their by-laws 10 key principles that demonstrate their commitment to applying modern agricultural techniques, respecting the environment, and operating like small enterprises. The idea is to regroup the Chanpyons associations in regional federations that will help commercialize farmers’ production, and in a national confederation with the capacity to negotiate with larger companies, donors, and the government.

Per modification #10 to the WINNER Task Order, WINNER’s four initial Key Results have changed to include three revised Key Results/Intermediate Results. The new Results Framework and Key Results/Intermediate Results are directly below. New activities related to the  previous “Earthquake Recovery Enhanced” key result have been terminated as of September 30th 2011, with only a few activities remaining under the Small Business Recovery Initiative (SBRI).

  1. Agricultural Productivity Increased
  2. Watershed Stability Improved
  3. Agricultural Markets Strengthened

The WINNER results framework by Key Result areas is presented in the chart below.