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 28,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices on more than 3,900 hectares of land last year with Feed the Future’s help.
Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold for total of $1.6 million of agricultural products like bananas, beans, maize and rice last year.
Feed the Future helped export $4.9 million-worth of cocoa and mangos in 2015.
The Government of Haiti established its priorities for the agricultural sector in its 2010 Country Investment Plan and 2013 three-year agricultural plan. It has 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 post-harvest and processing operations has been limited. Accompanied by supportive policies, these
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Haiti.