USAID/Haiti Economic Growth and Agricultural Development Fact Sheet - January 2020

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Roughly 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty (below $1.25 per day), predominantly in rural areas. The economy is largely informal and heavily dependent on small family farms. However, agricultural production has languished in the face of growing rural population pressures, recurrent natural disasters, extreme weather events (e.g. droughts), and farmers’ limited access to information, modern technology and practices. Haiti’s economic climate is also challenging, ranking the country 181 of 190 on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. Despite these challenges, Haiti has experienced some positive economic growth in recent years. Additionally, agricultural potential for domestic and export markets is promising and an important driver of growth.

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Friday, January 10, 2020 - 4:45pm

Last updated: January 10, 2020