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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 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.

January 30, 2014

USAID’s Support to the National Food Security and Nutrition Program will directly support the Government of Haiti’s (GOH) social protection efforts to prevent hunger and malnutrition by implementing a safety net program that will build demand and improve access for locally-produced foods among vulnerable households.  Directly impacting approximately 18,150 households through the provision of food vouchers and 205,000 households through maternal and child health and nutrition interventions, the program will initially be implemented in five departments.  The four-year project will also work with the Government of Haiti’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST) to establish a national household level targeting database system.  

January 29, 2014

USAID awarded the “Avoid HIV and its Transmission” (EVIH-T) project to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, who leads a consortium including JHPIEGO, Save the Children, and local non-governmental organizations such as INHSAC and FOSREF. 

January 29, 2014

The overall goal of the Leadership, Management, and Sustainability Program (LMS/Haiti) is to strengthen the leadership and management skills of Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) to respond to the challenges of reproductive health commodity security and the delivery of quality family planning and other health services.

January 29, 2014
The Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010, struck and further weakened a health system with historically poor health outcomes.  This is particularly true for the public health facility infrastructure in Haiti, which, in addition to facilities destroyed or damaged in the earthquake, has serious infrastructure shortfalls throughout the health system such as: structures that are in poor condition or not seismically resilient, lack of clean water and adequate sanitation, and lack of availability of adequate power.


Last updated: September 28, 2015

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