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Building a strategy to revamp the Haitian coffee value chain

By Jempsy Fils-Aimé


On April 10 and 11, 2014, the Institut National du Café Haïtien – INCAH, hosted a workshop entitled “Atelier national de relance de la filière du café haïtien” (National strategy workshop to revamp the Haitian coffee value chain). This was done in the framework of the project “Upgrading the Coffee Value Chain in Haiti,” which was executed by the NGO Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF) and funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Engaging the Haitian private sector in climate change resilience: Why communication matters

By Jempsy Fils-Aimé

Last month, I participated in a Climate Change (CC) mission organized by the IDB’s Climate Change and Sustainability Division and the MIF. Our mission’ objective was to initiate a proactive discussion with the local private sector to explore options for their participation in two adaptation programs:

  1. The climate resilience concessional loans pilot program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs); and
  2. The MIF’s PRODAPT facility.

Can South-South Cooperation boost the coffee value chain and improve rural development in Haiti?

By Jempsy Fils-Aimé

South-South Cooperation is not a new concept in development speak. The term has been used since the 1990s by development thinkers, policymakers and academics to describe the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries. In Haiti, for the past twenty years, cooperation with other developing countries has played an important role in the development process, complementing traditional international aid. It began mainly with Cuba and Venezuela, and then extended to other countries like Brazil. Following the 2010 earthquake, new countries, such as Senegal, have joined in supporting Haiti. Another country, Colombia, is interested in revitalizing the Haitian coffee value chain through “soft” investments – study tours in both countries, training in Colombia for young Haitian professionals and research on introducing new coffee varieties in Haiti.