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The MIF in Haiti: Five Years Post-Quake

By Guest

By the MIF Haiti Team

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti and its partners in an unprecedented way. We’re taking the opportunity reflect on the work the MIF has done in Haiti since that day, and looking ahead, we are thinking about how we can better respond to the country’s needs. The MIF has been active in Haiti since 1995 and there were a number of active projects at the time of the earthquake. We immediately provided support to our current partners, and then focused on contributing to rebuilding the Haitian economy as a whole. 


Strengthening the cocoa value chain in Haiti: Spotlight on our partners

By Nara Meli

Cocoa is an up-and-coming agricultural product in Haiti. In November of last year, we wrote about a new project the MIF started in the two main cocoa-growing regions in Haiti - the Grande Anse and the North department. 7,000 small cocoa farmers will raise their incomes by 25% by improving their growing practices, increasing yields per acre and cocoa quality, as well as transitioning to higher-value and quality beans. 


Digital TV: Investing in an innovative solution for accessing information in Haiti

By Nara Meli

When one thinks about Haiti, digital television may not be the first thing that jumps to mind. How would it work? And who could afford it? The entrepreneurs at NUtv, Haiti’s first and leading prepaid digital television service, began working on a solution two years ago. Their objective: grow the network to areas without access to television programs, keep prices affordable, and make the service accessible to a large number of people.

Opportunities for Haitian artisans sprout along the handicrafts value chain

By Nara Meli


As you may recall, the MIF partnered with the Artisan Business Network (ABN), to empower Haitian artisans by improving their business skills and assisting them in the production and marketing of their creations. Over 1,000 artisans throughout Haiti are now members of ABN, in places including Port-au-Prince, Croix-des-Bouquets, Jacmel, and the Plateau Central.

Haitian mango farmers: making improvements last

By Nara Meli


Close to 200,000 farmers produce mangoes in Haiti and FAO estimates that it is among the world’s 20 largest mango producers, with 200,000 – 400,000 metric tons a year. But Haiti’s mango exports have not increased in the last two decades due to poor access to finance, lack of organization of farmers and low productivity. How can the sector’s potential for growth be improved sustainably?