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February 6, 2014


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.  

January 29, 2014


Haiti has one of the highest rates of undernutrition among women and children in the Americas.  Based on the 2012 Demographic and Health Survey, 22 percent of Haitian children under the age of five are stunted, 5 percent are wasted, and 11percent are underweight.  
December 16, 2013
The Haiti Hope Project is a five-year, $9.5 million public-private partnership among businesses, multilateral development institutions, the U.S. Government and nonprofits, designed to create sustainable economic opportunities for Haitian mango farmers and their families. The Haiti Hope Project is a public-private partnership comprised of The Coca-Cola Company; the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB); the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and TechnoServe.
November 8, 2013

Charcoal is produced all over the Haitian countryside, with more than 90 percent of Haitian energy needs met through the use of firewood and charcoal.   Charcoal production begins with the felling or pruning of lives trees, which has contributed to mass deforestation throughout Haiti, in turn increasing soil erosion and leaving Haiti more vulnerable to severe weather, including flash floods and mudslides.  Furthermore, charcoal use exposes women and children to “indoor air pollution,” which leads to respiratory illness and approximately 3,000 premature deaths in Haiti each year.

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.  


Last updated: April 21, 2014

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