Changing Lives in Haiti Through Agriculture.

Feed the Future Haiti Chanje Lavi Plantè

Project Dates: May 2015 - May 2018
Sixty percent of people in Haiti rely on the agriculture sector to survive, and although crop yields are still extremely low by international standards, progress is being made.

Although the agriculture sector employs more than half of Haiti’s population and offers one of the only ways for people in rural communities to support themselves, the sector struggles to achieve consistently higher yields and sales. “Feed the Future Haiti Chanje Lavi Plantè,” which means “Changing Lives” in Haitian Creole, confronted this issue by increasing farmers’ access to irrigation water and better seeds, training master farmers as agricultural extension agents, and linking farmer associations with the market and financial institutions. A fundamental part of the project was equipping farmer associations and cooperatives to support farmers more effectively. The project also empowered women while training them to share information about gardening and nutrition with their communities. Other project activities were dedicated to increasing tree cover, plugging critical gullies, and promoting the growth of high-value cash crops in greenhouses to stabilize target hillsides and prevent erosion. The project gave Haitian farmers the building blocks they needed to respond to market demands and increase their incomes.

Project Goals


  • Empower farmer cooperatives to train farmers on how to access market information and improve their use of inputs and production techniques
  • Train farmers — especially in ways that empower female farmers — in innovative agricultural techniques, financial best practices, and nutrition
  • Engage in soil and water conservation activities, including planting trees, preventing erosion, and stabilizing hillsides
  • Improve Haitian farming communities’ access to financial institutions

Our Impact Three Million Trees in Haiti

On Earth Day, the Feed the Future Haiti Chanje Lavi Plantè project kicked off a tree-planting campaign to protect hillsides from erosion and safeguard farmers’ livelihoods.

Although the agriculture sector employs more than half of Haiti’s population and offers one of the only ways for people in rural communities to support themselves, the sector struggles to achieve consistently higher yields and sales. “Feed the Future Haiti Chanje Lavi Plantè,” which means “Changing Lives” in Haitian Creole, confronted this issue by increasing…

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Our Impact Expanding Access to Water in Haiti

USAID and the Haitian government are partnering to help farmers increase their crop yields through better access to irrigation.

Although the agriculture sector employs more than half of Haiti’s population and offers one of the only ways for people in rural communities to support themselves, the sector struggles to achieve consistently higher yields and sales. “Feed the Future Haiti Chanje Lavi Plantè,” which means “Changing Lives” in Haitian Creole, confronted this issue by increasing…

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