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February 6, 2014

Overview

Agricultural productivity in Haiti has systematically declined in the last three decades.  A shift to annual cropping on steep slopes has caused erosion and exacerbated flooding that affects the slopes, as well as the productive plain areas.  The magnitude of flooding has increased, water supplies have become much more erratic, and both lives and livelihoods are under threat.  At the same time, ground water levels in the plains have dropped substantially due to growing urban demand, and water has become increasingly brackish as seawater replaces fresh water.

The Feed the Future North (FTFN) project is a multisectoral program, which aims to raise agricultural incomes in northern Haiti.  The partnership will achieve this through key investments in farm productivity, natural resource management, marketing systems, agribusinesses, and agricultural infrastructure.  Geographically, the project will work in the plains and their associated watersheds in the North and the Northeast departments.  It will focus its investments in five key crops—corn, beans, rice, plantains, and cocoa—and include complementary investments in other agricultural products.  

February 4, 2014

Haiti currently lacks elected mayors and municipal and town councils.  In addition, one-third of the country’s 30 Senate seats are now vacant, after the terms of the previous office holders expired in May 2012.  While the Government of Haiti (GOH) has publicly committed to holding partial Senate and local elections by the end of 2013; this will be a vastly complex process, with nearly 1,420 open seats expected to be contested by over 30,000 candidates.  It will also be the first election organized since the promulgation of constitutional amendments in 2012, mandating a 30 percent quota of women in political parties and public life. 

February 4, 2014

Overview

HIFIVE builds on USAID’s longstanding support to the financial sector to increase the supply of financial products and services to underserved households and micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in USAID-supported areas and value chains.  On a smaller scale, HIFIVE also offers business development services to MSMEs in U.S. Government-supported value chains to increase their capacity to access credit.
 
February 4, 2014

USAID’s Parliamentary Strengthening Program (PSP) aims to improve Parliament’s ability to conduct the business of the Haitian people in a transparent, accountable, and professional manner, with the objective of increasing popular support for democratic political processes and supporting greater stability in the country. 

February 4, 2014

Overview

After the earthquake, St. Boniface hospital received several spinal cord injury patients from different regions of the country.  Therefore, with USAID support, the St. Boniface team started a comprehensive program for the management of patients with spinal cord injury in 2011.  The services offered include medical care with an emphasis on wound care, psychosocial support, physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy, wheelchairs reparation, patient and household training, and vocational training.
 

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