Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources
Investing in Haiti’s agriculture sector helped to modernize agriculture, reduce flooding threats, and create strong linkages between farmer organizations and private enterprises.
Although more than half of Haiti’s population works in the agriculture sector, there has historically not been systematic support for farmers, neither through production practices nor through market interventions. The Haiti Feed the Future Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources (WINNER) confronted these challenges by focusing simultaneously on agriculture production, watershed stability, and post-harvest practices. As part of these activities, WINNER established more than 300 “Chanpyon” associations and five “Chanpyon” cooperatives, involving more than 100,000 farmers across the country. Following the earthquake in 2011, the project improved upon its integrated approach to watershed management, but began to focus more on large-scale agricultural production, processing, and commercialization in the economic corridors of the Cul de Sac, Saint Marc, Mirebalais, and Saut d’Eau regions.