Haiti

Overview

Once known as the “Pearl of the Antilles,” Haiti has been an important exporter of coffee, vanilla, cane sugar, cocoa, and essential oils throughout its history. Today, however, two out of every three of the island’s 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, which had a devastating effect on the capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding areas. In the aftermath of the quake, TechnoServe joined The Coca-Cola Company and other partners to help Haitian farmers and support the country’s mango industry. An estimated 30,000 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.

On The Ground

Projects

 

The Haiti Hope Project

The Haiti Hope Project was 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 the Business Development Services Industry

Business development services play an important role in supporting entrepreneurship, which is critical to driving job creation and economic growth in Haiti. TechnoServe, the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Haiti, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, and the Inter‐American Development Bank partnered to promote the growth of the country’s business development services industry in order to increase investment, productivity, and job creation in micro-, small- and medium-enterprises (MSMEs). The project identified eligible MSMEs in value chains with high growth potential, providing them with technical assistance and advisory services. The project strengthened participating enterprises’ management and improve their technical and commercial capacities, repayment capacity, and access to credit.

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Strengthening the Peanut Sector

Peanuts are a valuable cash crop for small farmers in Haiti, but – despite ideal growing conditions – productivity and yields in the sector remain low. TechnoServe, in partnership with Abbott Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, supported over 2,000 smallholder peanut farmers to improve their incomes and increase their peanut yields. The three-year program also decreased overall production and distribution costs by making appropriate market linkages. Additionally, the program helped establish a dozen self‐sufficient and sustainable small- and micro-entrepreneurs, resulting in a more inclusive, profitable, and competitive peanut value chain. TechnoServe also worked to link farmers with key domestic buyers, including new ready-to-use therapeutic food processing facilities, which will benefit from having a stable domestic supply of peanuts. By the end of the project, TechnoServe trained 2,000 farmers, helping them to increase their incomes by 34 percent after boosting their yields by 10 percent.

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Blog Posts

March 1, 2016

Haiti Hope: Reflecting on a Fruitful Partnership

Partners gather to celebrate the successes of the Haiti Hope Project and reflect on the power of public-private partnerships as a vehicle for development.

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January 26, 2016

Innovating for Sustainable Impact in Haiti

A new Harvard Business School case study about the Haiti Hope Project explores how a business approach can succeed in an environment dominated by international aid.

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September 29, 2015

Working with the Private Sector to Achieve Sustainable Development

A new report demonstrates how partnerships between TechnoServe and some of the world’s leading companies are creating lasting change.

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Contact

TechnoServe Haiti

Andrei Belyi

Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean
abelyi@tns.org

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