Haiti

Overview

Haiti relies heavily on foreign aid and remittances from expatriates. Two out of every three residents rely on agriculture for income, and most of those are small-scale subsistence farmers.

Haiti’s development efforts were dealt a blow by the massive January 2010 earthquake that had a devastating effect on the capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding areas. The number of deaths was estimated at more than 200,000. In the aftermath of the quake, TechnoServe joined The Coca-Cola Company and other partners to help Haitian farmers support the country’s mango industry. An estimated 100,000 small-scale Haitian farmers grow mangoes, but few realize the full economic value of their farms, making the mango industry a potential building block in Haiti’s long-term recovery efforts. TechnoServe is also part of a consortium working to improve access to finance for Haiti’s small and medium businesses.

Impact

To date, TechnoServe has organized two business plan competitions in Haiti, assisting more than 750 businesses. TechnoServe is currently working with more than 16,000 Haitian smallholder farmers to help them increase their incomes by 100 percent.

Stories

Hope for Haiti

TechnoServe is helping Haitians break the downward economic spiral that has plagued the country for decades.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

The Haiti Hope Project

The Haiti Hope Project is a five-year, $9.5 million public-private partnership among businesses, multilateral development institutions, the U.S. Government and nonprofits, designed to create sustainable economic opportunities for Haitian mango farmers and their families.
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Improving Access to Capital

TechnoServe is part of a consortium working to implement a multi-year U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project to improve access to finance for local small and medium businesses. The project, called Haiti Integrated Financing for Value Chain & Entrepreneurship (HIFIVE), is meant to complement other USAID-funded programs in Haiti, with a focus on rural areas and high-potential value chains (such as coffee, cocoa, mango, tourism and handicrafts). TechnoServe will identify local businesses, analyze their financial or business needs, facilitate negotiations with financial institutions and business service providers and monitor the results.

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The Haitian Business Accelerator

TechnoServe partnered with the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to implement the Haitian Business Accelerator (HBA). The HBA builds on TechnoServe’s experience in entrepreneurship development in Haiti to promote the creation and growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises. The program aims to offer managerial training and support, to facilitate access to finance and to foster an environment conducive to doing business. Over a three-year period the program’s objective is to train 750 existing businesses and to “accelerate” the growth of 150 of the most prominent and potentially successful projects. Sixty finalists will also benefit from tailored consultancy, receiving needed support during the early days of their ventures.

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Strengthening the Peanut Sector

Beyond being rich in protein and a key part of Haitian diets, peanuts are a vital cash crop for farmers throughout the country. Despite an ideal growing climate and soils rich in many of the nutrients needed for peanut cultivation, farmers are making less money each year because of low yields, high production costs and inefficient marketing. Meanwhile, peanut prices for consumers continue to rise while Aflatoxin contamination levels are typically much higher than international standards allow. TechnoServe will help farmers increase their productivity and incomes via trainings, targeted inputs and financing, as well as support the development of key services to improve value-chain efficiency and competitiveness. Such efforts, paired with improved marketing opportunities through program created collection centers, will provide a stable supply of high quality peanuts for key domestic buyers, including a new ready-to-use therapeutic food processing facility operated by Partners In Health and Abbott.

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Blog Posts

March 17, 2014

President Bill Clinton Visits TechnoServe Coffee Work in Haiti

TechnoServe is working with the Clinton Foundation, La Colombe and other partners to make coffee an engine of development for Haiti.

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January 28, 2014

Four Years After the Earthquake, a Road to Market for Haitian Mangoes

Mango incomes are helping rural families rebuild their livelihoods and Haiti’s economy. See how the Haiti Hope Project is creating sustainable economic opportunities for Haitian mango farmers.

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November 15, 2013

Video: CBS News Visits a Thriving Peanut Partnership in Haiti

In rural Haiti, peanuts are helping to create jobs, provide nutrition and improve farmers’ livelihoods.

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Contact

TechnoServe Haiti

Rue Chavanne Prolongée
Imp. Surin #1
Berthé, Pétionville, Haiti

Tel: +509 2941 3031
Tel 2: +509 2941 8080
 

Robin Padberg

Country Director
rpadberg@tns.org

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