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
812
Thousand
Number of people who live in rural areas of Feed the Future target regions in Haiti (IHSI, 2012)
Poverty
25
Percent
Percentage of rural population living below the poverty line in Feed the Future target regions in Haiti
Stunting
20.8
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in Haiti
Rural
43
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Haiti (World Bank, 2014)
GDP
4.2
Percent
Annual GDP growth (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
25
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$2.7
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
30.9
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Haiti
Land
16.5
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$1.4
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
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 of the country’s

Results by the numbers

  • More than 25,000 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 more than 16,500 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by $2.7 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $1.4 million in new private investment in food and agriculture in Haiti.
  • U.S.

The Government of Haiti established its priorities for the agricultural sector in its 2010 Country Investment Plan and 2013 3-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 operations represent a

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

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