We provide Haitian farmers with livestock, seeds, animal management training, as well as finance and technical support to grow their businesses.
Haiti is facing huge social and economics difficulties. Mismanagement of the environment and its geography leaves many Haitians vulnerable to devastating hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.
Heifer International first sent support to Haiti in 1949 with donations of cattle and goats sent by ship from the United States.
Our current program started in 1999, focusing on ending hunger and poverty in environmentally sustainable ways. We work with local farmers providing livestock, seeds, and animal management training, in addition to access to finance and technical support.
By building animal breeding centers, providing training to the farmers, technical assistance and educating local animal health workers, we are increasing farm productivity. Animals and vegetable gardens also provide families with more nutritious diets and increase incomes, while enhancing resilience against extreme weather.
More than 685,000 families supported by our work.
Our work focuses on the dairy, coffee, and rice value chains to improve farmers’ access to markets through enterprise development.
In 2010, we conducted a large-scale assessment of our work in Haiti and created strategic guidelines through 2020. Our efforts have been recognized for their effectiveness by Haiti’s Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture Natural Resources and Rural Development and receive strong support from donors, corporations, and institutions.
We are currently working with communities across Haiti to rebuild and strengthen agricultural systems following Hurricane Matthew in 2016. We are working to restore livestock production and to support communities to expand into other value chains such as vetiver, meat, cereals, moringa, honey, dairy and eggs production .
In the North-West and North-East departments, we are working with communities on integrated water resources management to improve food security and nutrition, and ensure better governance.
Heifer International invests in farmers and business owners around the world, because we know having a secure source of income can be truly transformational for families and their communities. With support from our in-country teams, project participants build sustainable businesses to close the living income gap.
Living Income is the amount of money each person in a household needs per day to live a dignified life.
In Haiti, we are currently using US$2.36 in Cabaret and Saint-Louis du Nord and US$2.51 in Maniche and Favette.