Few countries face such challenges to rural development as Haiti, which had a per capita GDP of $824 in 2014 (for comparison, the US GDP per capita in that year was $54,629). With a high dependency on agriculture, historical government exploitation, and repeated natural disasters, Haiti has developed unsustainable farming and land management practices. Declining soil fertility and scarcity of water and seeds plagues the development of the country. With increasing stress over recent years, Haitian farmers have struggled to strengthen their knowledge of improved farming practices.
Groundswell in Haiti
Since 2009, Groundswell and PDL have supported rural Haitians to create 17 peasant organizations that are leading local development efforts for over 225,000 people. Tens of thousands of farm families have learned to sustainably grow their own food using agroecological techniques. These farmers are now creating small farm and food businesses to generate more income for their households.
Learn more about agroecological farming in Haiti.
Read blog posts and farmer hero stories from Haiti.
Watch this video about how farmers are working together to strengthen rural communities in Haiti. You can find more videos on our YouTube channel.