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.

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. A partnership between TechnoServe, the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Haiti, and the Inter‐American Development Bank seeks to promote the growth of the business development services industry in the country in order to increase investment, productivity and job creation in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The project identifies eligible MSMEs in value chains with high growth potential, and provides them with technical assistance and advisory services. The project aims to improve access to credit for the enterprises through the strengthening of their management, technical and commercial capacities, and by increasing their repayment capacity. Since the program launched in 2013, 85 businesses have been approved for technical assistance to standardize their financial information and develop and implement their business plans.

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Strengthening the Peanut Sector

Peanuts are a valuable cash crop for small farmers in Haiti, however despite ideal growing conditions, productivity and yields in the sector remain low. TechnoServe, in partnership with Abbott Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is looking to help over 2,000 smallholder peanut farmers improve their incomes by 200 percent and increase peanut yields by 100 percent. The three year program also seeks to decrease overall production and distribution costs by making appropriate market linkages. Additionally, the program intends to help establish approximately 100 self‐sufficient and sustainable small and micro entrepreneurs resulting in a more inclusive, profitable and competitive peanut value chain. TechnoServe is also working 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 2015 the program had over 1,380 farmers benefiting from the training sessions, with income increase of over 90 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

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

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

Yves Andre Sejour

Country Director
ysejour@tns.org

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