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Système d’Innovation en Production Animale (SIPA)

  • Research Project Location: Haiti
  • Timeframe: May 2023–May 2028
  • Funding: USAID/Haiti


Haiti is one of the countries most exposed to environmental shocks and stressors, including natural disasters and climate change. In fact, food insecurity, exacerbated by the negative impact of climate change and political and economic instability, remains one of the biggest challenges that Haiti faces today. Low livestock productivity in Haiti results from factors like poor indigenous breed performance, insufficient feed, animal health issues, and ineffective management practices. Sustainable solutions involve enhancing research, education, extension, and infrastructure. Simultaneously, improving breeding and feeding practices, along with deploying technologies for health and management and strengthening the local capacity of Haitian university partners, can more effectively improve the livestock sector in Haiti. This will lead to the long-term benefits of increased income and resilience of smallholder farmers.

Project Objectives

Objectives of the project are to:

  • Improve the genetic profile of key livestock species (small ruminants, dairy and beef cattle) through breeding and dissemination of quality genetic stock in Haiti
  • Increase the performance of livestock through transformative forage and feed interventions
  • Strengthen the academic, vocational and research capacity of key local universities and partners, and support dissemination of research findings from Objectives 1 and 2

Research Approach

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems at the University of Florida is proposing innovative and integrated interventions to improve the genetic merit of key livestock species, enhance the availability and supply of quality livestock feed, improve key management practices, and to strengthen the capacity of local Haitian institutions to lead SIPA initiatives in each of these areas.

This “systems” multidisciplinary approach targets the four pillars of improving livestock production nutrition, breeding, health and management. Each pillar can also be considered one of the four legs of the stool that supports livestock production. Consequently, interventions that focus on one of these and ignore the others often fail. For instance, the animal industry in developing countries is replete with numerous examples of failed attempts to improve productivity by importing improved livestock breeds or genetics without adequately catering for their nutrition, health and management needs. The overarching local capacity development component is integral to ensure that the technologies and management strategies introduced and localized by the project are sustained long after the project ends.

Principal Investigator (PI) and lead institution

Chief of Party

  • Lemane Delva, University of Florida

Co-PI Institutions

In Haiti:

  • Quisqueya University
  • State University of Haiti - Campus Henri Christophe de Limonade
  • University Notre Dame of Haiti / UDERS des Cayes

In the USA:

  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Florida A&M University
  • Fort Valley State University

Additional Collaborators

  • Programme d’Appui à la Rentabilisation de l’Elevage (PARE) 
  • Haitian Agricultural University Partnership: Center for Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Haiti (HAUP-CEMARCH)

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is part of Feed the Future

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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Cooperative Agreement Number 72052123LA00002. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.