MATHEUX CORRIDOR

The Matheux corridor comprises a region from Cabaret to St Marc including the coastal plain along the Arcadin coast bordered by the Matheux mountain range to the east. It includes the communes of Cabaret, Arcahaie, Montrouis and St Marc. WINNER started working in the Cabaret and Arcahaie commune in March of 2011, and has taken over activities from the DEED project in the area between Montrouis and St Marc.

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A. Progress to date.

Since March 2011, WINNER has established a CRDD in Cabaret; supported agricultural and agro-forestry campaigns in the communes of Cabaret and Arcahaie; trained master farmers; worked on infrastructure rehabilitation for flood protection; and identified critical roads, ravines, and irrigation canals to be rehabilitated.

B. Project’s Fundamental Objective for Work in the Corridor

In the Matheux Corridor, WINNER’s goal is to revitalize an extensive resource for productive agriculture in the plains area, increasing incomes and water management, while providing solutions for hillside conservation and income generation.

C. Strategies for Work in the Matheux Corridor

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The Matheux Corridor  is the newest target area for the WINNER team and is characterized by a vast network of rivers and ravines concentrated in a relatively small area, like Courjolle, Bretelle, Torcelle, Manègue, Montrouis, Lanzac, Délugé, and Pierre Payen, which represent serious threats of flooding for the towns of Cabaret, Arcahaie and Montrouis Village. WINNER will intervene throughout the Matheux Corridor, in the littoral plain and in upstream areas of the Matheux mountains. The main goals will be to prevent flooding of the coastal area, improve livelihoods through large-scale agricultural modernization and non-farm economic opportunities, and promote continuous reforestation of hillsides combined with ravine treatments, soil conservation and good governance.

C-1 Mountain strategies

  1. Support the development of sustainable agriculture to increase rural incomes and protect the productive plains, particularly Goyavier, Fond-Baptiste and Délices.
  2. Protect hillsides through the treatment of priority ravines for water flow control and runoff reduction, while implementing an agroforestry campaign based mainly on fruit and coffee trees, and working directly with farmer organizations and local authorities; and
  3. Create non-farm economic opportunities and strengthen linkages between agribusinesses and farmer organizations.

C-2 Coastal and plain area strategies

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  1. Intensify agricultural systems and modernize farming techniques for corn, beans and plantain;
  2. Rehabilitate and maintain priority irrigation systems;
  3. Develop and implement watershed management and contingency plans with farmer associations and local authorities; set up a flood early warning system;
  4. Create employment and new economic opportunities for non-farm income-generating activities, especially in the construction and alternative energy sectors;
  5. Propose new technologies to process and add value to key agricultural products such as mango and plantain, support agribusiness investments, and strengthen linkages with farmer associations;
  6. Promote and strengthen organizations

D. Selected Zones of Intervention

The primary zones of intervention will be the plain between Cabaret and St Marc, as well as Source Matelas and the hillsides of the Matheux mountains as Fond-Baptiste, Goyavier, and Délices.

In addition to the areas where WINNER already started working between Cabaret and Arcahaie, WINNER will work in areas previously covered by the DEED project in the communes of St Marc, Verrettes and Arcahaie.

In the commune of St Marc, we will work in the communal sections of Bois Neuf (2nd section), Goyavier (3rd section), and Délugé (1st section). In the commune of Verrettes we will work in the communal sections of Terre Nette (6th section), and Desarmes (4th section). In the commune of Arcahaie, we will work in Des Vases (2nd section), Des Matheux (8th section), and Montrouis (8th section).