44%Live in Rural Areas
50%Rely on Agriculture
62%Live Below the Poverty Line
Forty-four percent of Haitians live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 64 percent of Haiti’s land area is used for agricultural purposes and 50 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Haiti rates 168 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Sixty-two percent of its 10 million people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and approximately 12 percent of children under 5 are malnourished.
Heifer Haiti is restocking animal assets and training farmers in environmentally friendly animal husbandry. Our work aims to improve farm productivity, restore local environments and increase economic opportunities for farmers. We are also combining livestock and crops for integrated farming.
Our Work In Haiti
Through our project Rural Entrepreneurs for Agricultural Cooperation in Haiti (REACH), we are contributing to the reconstruction of rural areas and strengthening the economic resilience of more than 12,000 farming households over five years through community livestock enterprises.
This program will not only increase food security and income for thousands of families, it also will lead to at least 300 full-time jobs through the construction of 75 breeding centers and the training of 200 new Community Animal Health Workers.
Currently, family income from farm-based activities averages $50 per month. REACH is projecting to increase incomes from 100 percent for individual livestock producers to 220 percent for breeding center owners.
Livestock Ownership, Micro-credit Access, Small Business Development
Value Chain Development, Entrepreneurship Training, Quality Livestock
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development
Improved Animal Management, Vegetable Gardening, Water Access, Dietary Diversification
Agroforestry, Agroecology, Natural Resource Conservation, Soil and Water Conservation
Programs and Projects
REACH:Rural Entrepreneurs for Agricultural Cooperation in Haiti