Haiti

Country Profile
Haiti
In Haiti, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Haiti and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
723
Thousand
Number of people who live in rural areas of Feed the Future target regions in Haiti
Poverty
21.9
Percent*
Percentage of rural population living below the poverty line in Feed the Future target regions in Haiti in 2016
Stunting
23
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in Haiti in 2016
Rural
40
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Haiti (World Bank, 2016)
GDP
1.4
Percent
Annual GDP growth (World Bank, 2016)
Farmers
31
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
Sales
$847
Thousand
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY16 from agricultural sales
Nutrition
477
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY16 across Haiti
Land
25
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY16
Investment
$1.6
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY16
Agriculture is central to the Haitian economy

Agriculture is central to the Haitian economy, employing more than half the population and serving as the primary source of income in rural areas. Even so, the agricultural sector in Haiti received little support from the national government and donors over many decades, and productivity has suffered accordingly. As Haiti’s population grows, the annual demand for food is exceeding local food production, creating dependence on imports and causing a net reduction in per capita food consumption.

Environmental degradation in Haiti is closely linked to the country’s food insecurity. More than half of all land in Haiti is steeply sloped, and approximately 85 percent

Results by the Numbers

  • More than 31,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on nearly 25,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their sales last year by $847,000 from agricultural products like bananas, beans, maize and rice.

The Government of Haiti established its priorities for the agricultural sector in its 2010 Country Investment Plan and 2013 three-year agricultural plan. It committed to work with its partners to invest more than $1.3 billion in the sector from 2013 to 2016. The Ministry of Agriculture's plan includes value chain development, assistance to small-scale and commercial agriculture, support to improved governance in the sector, and investment in key agricultural infrastructure.

Since the collapse of the Haitian agribusiness sector in the early 1990s, investment in postharvest and processing operations has been limited. Accompanied by supportive policies, these

Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Haiti.

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