Caribbean network for the development of agroecological horticultural systems

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Welcome to the Devag project website, Caribbean network for the development of agroecological horticultural systems.

Devag is a Research & Development project, in cooperation and for the insular Caribbean, funded by the INTERREG IV Caribbean program and supported by the Cooperation services and cultural actions of the French Embassy of Cuba and Haiti. The project is planned for 4 years and started since October 2009.

The project is based on a largely shared assessment of an insufficient development of horticultural agroecological or organic production in the Caribbean even if these productions are identified as an essential element for a healthy diet, food self-sufficiency but also as an important source of income (high value crops). At the moment, considering the strong biotic and abiotic constraints, technical, economical and/or institutional brakes, the implementation of cropping systems based on the principle of the ecological intensification stays marginal. Globally, the horticultural productions stay strongly consumers of chemical inputs and lack of adapted agroecological cropping methods.

The project has a global objective which is accelerating the implementation of the innovative and adoptable crop systems to satisfy a huge demand from local markets in fresh and healthy products, reducing the negative impact of these crops on insular and fragile environments under high anthropic pressure. To do so, it mobilizes the competences of the present partners (CIRAD, IIFT, IIHLD, UNICA, MARNDR, FAMV and OSU) on four Caribbean islands: Cuba, Haïti, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

 

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