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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.  

November 8, 2013

USAID’s support will develop a market for cleaner cook stove technology and decrease the negative health and environmental effects of charcoal use. 

October 22, 2013

Gender-based violence (GBV) has been a chronic problem in Haiti for a number of years. USAID’s Support for Empowerment of Vulnerable Women in High Risk Environments project aims to strengthen and expand GBV programs at GHESKIO and two other affiliated sites in order to empower vulnerable women and reduce reliance on risky sex for economic survival.  

October 22, 2013

USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) guarantee program, established by Congress in 1999, unlocks private, local capital to support lending in critical growth sectors.  Since 2004, USAID/Haiti has supported the provision of financial products and services to under-served and out-of-reach households and enterprises through DCA partial credit guarantees.

October 22, 2013

The Haiti Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program is a joint effort between USAID, the Government of Haiti (GOH) Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP), and the GOH Ministry of Education to eliminate and control lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Haiti.  USAID support for NTD control began in 2008 under the NTD Control Program (2006-2012) and continues under the ENVISION project (2011-2016).  

October 3, 2013

The recently opened Caracol Industrial Park (CIP) is a collaborative effort between the Government of Haiti, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the U.S. Government, designed to create a center of economic development in Haiti’s underserved North coast.  To support this initiative, USAID constructed a 10MW power plant at the Park to supply reliable, plentiful electricity to the complex’s new tenants.  Through the Caracol Community Electrification Project (CCEP), implemented by the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association (NRECA), USAID will extend electric distribution to the residential communities surrounding the industrial complex, which currently lack any connection to the electrical grid. 

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