Urban Gardens | Haiti

Haiti-Urban-Gardens-October-2012Background: More than three years after the earthquake, Haitians are still struggling to get back on their feet; A significant contributing factor to this struggle is the cost of food in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Due to poor infrastructure from rural areas and high import tariffs, on average, Haitian households currently spend 51% of their income on food. As such, any variation in food prices has a significant impact on the capacity of households to save, invest and access other necessities. Based on these realities, there are nutritional and economic benefits to the residents of Port-au-Prince for growing their own food. In the urban slum of Avenue Poupelard and Fort National, houses are built haphazardly, one atop another in a maze like pattern up and down the capital’s hills. This area was heavily affected by the earthquake and many spaces where houses used to stand now lie vacant.

Project Goal: Encourage households to develop urban gardens in-ground or as container gardens in these small courtyards and/or on rooftops and evaluate the impact on nutrition and economic opportunities of participants.

Country: Haiti

Reach: 150 urban farmers were assisted in starting their own agricultural production for household consumption

Funding: MEDA internal funding; Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC)

Project length: 2012 - 2013