Haiti: Greenhouses Pay For Themselves in Less than Two Years

These strawberries are grown vertically using drip irrigation in greenhouses constructed on slope terraces.
These strawberries are grown vertically using drip irrigation in greenhouses constructed on slope terraces.
USAID

Under the Feed the Future West/Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources (WINNER) program USAID is supporting communities in building and operating greenhouses in the highlands of Haiti, situated more than 5,000 feet above sea level. The project has found that one 72-square-meter greenhouse costs about $3,000 and pays for itself in just 18 months.

Greenhouses are often constructed on the terraces of a slope and use gravity-fed drip irrigation. During his recent visit to Haiti, USAID’s Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes was able to visit a greenhouse, which grows strawberries using vertical growth and irrigation techniques. The strawberries spread by "stolons," or stems, cut from the major plant and are then transplanted for new growth.

Last updated: March 21, 2014

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