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Marte, W., Nanseki, T. and Takeuchi, S. (2011) Towards Farm Management Strategies on Dominican Rice Farming under DR-CAFTA: A Case Study of Monte Cristi Province. Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture Kyushu University, 57, 265-272.

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  • TITLE: Moving toward Sustainable Rice Production in Northwest Dominican Republic

    AUTHORS: Derek Sindler, Pilar Useche, Catherine Tucker, Xin Zhao

    KEYWORDS: Rice Production, Sustainability, Organic Certification, Dominican Republic

    JOURNAL NAME: Natural Resources, Vol.9 No.12, December 29, 2018

    ABSTRACT: Pesticide runoff from the rice production area of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in NW Dominican Republic degrades biodiversity in the ecosystems of the Yaque del Norte River, Montecristi National Park, and Caribbean Sea. This degradation prompted the Dominican NGO AgroFrontera to develop a program for the creation of a new sustainable rice value chain, starting with the formation of a rice growers association in Las Matas. This project was to evaluate “organic” as a potential certification for the new growers association. The project found that while organic certification is years away, other barriersto a sustainable rice value chain exist: competition with US rice imports due to Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement(DR-CAFTA),an informal labor system, and access to credit. Recommendations for the new growers association include: to lower the cost of production to compete with imports, to formalize the labor system, to mediate financing for rice producers, and to maintain balanced leverage across the value chain. A recommendation for future research is the resiliency of farmer institutions against internal corruption and in-fighting.