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September 24, 2015

Fort Liberté, Haiti As part of a “Rice Day” event in Haiti’s northeast, more than 150 Haitian farmers received certificates signaling their ‘graduation’ from the USAID AVANSE Farmer Field School training.  Rice Day festivities marked the harvest of rice cultivated through the new System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method introduced by AVANSE, and celebrated the revivification of rice cultivation in Haiti.

AVANSE is a project funded by the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative to end hunger and improve food security. “I used to sow 11 to 12 cans of rice seed but when the AVANSE field technician showed me the SRI method I only needed to sow four cans of rice seed,” said Monéus Ménélus, a participant farmer from Fort Liberté who spoke at the event. Ménélus has already seen his crop increase while at the same time using less seed and water.

February 1, 2015

Innovative design coupled with sustainable trade practices can be used as a source of competitive advantage for artisans from developing nations. This is particularly true in the current climate of globalization and the declining value of traditional artisanal products.

January 28, 2015

Five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. With the help of the international community, Haiti has made significant advances. The U.S. post-earthquake strategy for Haiti focuses on four sector pillars designed to catalyze economic growth and build long-term stability.

October 1, 2014

A healthy population directly contributes to Haiti’s stability, economic growth, and democracy. The SSQH-CS Project provides access to and increases utilization of primary healthcare services, including pre- and post-natal care; family planning; nutrition; HIV/AIDS; TB; immunizations; and water, sanitation, and hygiene, while emphasizing and improving the quality of those services. In order to advance its operations and healthcare services, SSQH-CS is harnessing the power of science and technology--integrating new financial tools for facility management and innovative mHealth (mobile health) applications to expand the network’s mobile data collection, health mentoring, and referral capabilities.

September 1, 2014

The goal of the Smallholder Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti (SMASH) Program is to improve the incomes of up to 18,000 Haitian subsistence farmers through increased incomes and production of locally grown sorghum in place of imported wheat in the production of BRANA’s product, Malta H, a non-alcoholic nutritional beverage.

September 1, 2014

Haiti’s private sector is an essential contributor to the country’s long-term economic development and vitality. The Haitian economy continues to be primarily driven by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which have the potential to be strong engines of economic growth and create thousands of new jobs.


Last updated: September 28, 2015

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