Feed the Future Haiti Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole project (AREA), also referred to as Support to Agricultural Research and Development (SARD), was launched in May 2015 to enhance and expand Haiti's efforts to address food insecurity and undernutrition by strengthening and supporting the country's public and private agricultural institutions.
UF/IFAS Global is joined by the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Louisiana State University on the project.
Build the capacity of Haitian institutions to increase the availability of improved production technologies to farmers and the private sector through effective extension and development of an agricultural innovation system.
The AREA project is built on five principles:
In May 2015, the AREA project received a $13.7 million five-year grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger.