Dominican Republic Fact Sheet: Climate Smart Agriculture Project
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Climate Smart Agriculture Project in the Dominican Republic which aims to reduce surface and groundwater contamination in the upper Yaque del Norte river basin and improve small scale farming within the basin’s rural communities. Projections show that water availability from the Yaque del Norte River watershed could decrease by 22% between 2005 and 2025, resulting in greater stress on an already strained water supply. Additionally, watershed contamination in the Yaque del Norte River is 60% above the average levels found in most Dominican rivers.
Through “climate smart agriculture,” USAID is promoting a variety of crop management methods to improve climate change resilience and ensure food security in a changing climate. USAID is providing training, information and networking opportunities to small farmers, enabling them to invest in proven risk reduction practices, improve their management and marketing skills, apply environmentally friendly techniques and compete in niche markets.
Through this program, USAID expects to provide 700 farmers with climate smart agriculture management techniques, improve agricultural management practices or technologies used on 350 hectares of land, protect 600 hectares of watershed sources and improve the diets of children ages 6-23 months and women.
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