Better Irrigation and Training to Improve Crop Yields in Artibonite

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
Since she was a child, Marie Bertha Alexis, a 55-year old rice farmer, dreamed of improving the lives of her friends and neighbors. She knew the only solution would come from the land in her native Artibonite river valley, Haiti’s principal agricultural region. But her efforts were stymied by decaying irrigation systems and lack of knowledge on how to best grow crops such as rice.

Haiti agriculture: growing investments

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 03:00
Highlights from rural development projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank in Haiti Agriculture remains a key sector for Haiti, as half of its population lives in rural areas. Together with other donors, the IDB supports the Haitian government’s national agricultural plan, which seeks to address the sector’s structural problems. The IDB’s sector knowledge and experience from before the earthquake define its comparative strength and to make the sector a continued priority over the next four years.

Two Years On, Haiti Turns a Page

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 03:00
As it approaches the second anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti is determined to show the world that it is “open for business”

Haiti: doing the right things right

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 03:00
Report on development effectiveness summarizes IDB’s post-earthquake response The 2010 Development Effectiveness Overview—a report on how the IDB designs its projects, measures their results and assesses their alignment with countries’ needs—includes a special chapter on the Bank’s response to last year’s earthquake in Haiti.

Canada and the IDB: Partners for Prosperity

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 03:00
For almost four decades, Canada has been a strong and reliable partner of the Inter-American Development Bank. It joined the IDB, the world’s oldest and largest regional development bank, in 1972, several years before it became a member of the Organization of American States.

Helping Haiti recover from the earthquake

Monday, July 12, 2010 - 03:00
In the six months since the devastating January 12 earthquake, the Inter-American Development Bank has mobilized an unprecedented amount of resources to help Haiti in its efforts to recover from the worst natural disaster ever to strike a country.

Back in business

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 03:00
This season’s first shipments of organic mangos from the Carifresh fruit packing plant left for the United States the last week of April, almost two months later than usual. But this is not a normal season.

Hope for Haiti

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 03:00
Haiti produces some of the world’s best mangoes but around half of the crop is lost before it reaches markets. Only about 10 percent of the fruit is exported. And, paradoxically for a country with 10 million mango trees, Haiti imports mango juice.

Lots of milk

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 03:00
Cattle are probably not what first comes to mind when one mentions Haiti. However, there are some 500,000 cows roaming its countryside. In theory the Haitian herd, mostly descended from cattle brought by conquistadores nearly five centuries ago, could produce enough milk to meet the dairy needs of this Caribbean nation’s 9 million people. In practice, Haiti buys as much as $40 million a year in milk products from as far away as New Zealand. After rice, the principal staple of Haitian diet, dairy is second largest food import.

A bountiful device

Friday, May 22, 2009 - 03:00
Before the project started in 2005, the fishermen of Petit Paradis were too poor to eat their own catch. Now, a clever device has some fishermen making hundreds of dollars a week. The big change is the advent of FAD, for “fish aggregating device.” FAD is a submerged structure of long cables that attracts plankton and small fish, which in turn lure bigger fish.