This report describes baseline data collected to help assess Root Capital’s impact on coffee production in one of its target regions of Haiti. The survey focused on farmers in the Savannette-Baptiste area of the Departement du Centre. Most of the respondents were members of cooperatives working with Root Capital (n=151); some were not (n=52).
Coffee and mango contribute significantly to Haiti’s agricultural gross domestic product and export revenues. Generating income valued at US$11 million in 2011, mango has become one of the country’s most important export commodities. In contrast, coffee exports steadily declined from $7 million to $1 million between 2000 and 2010, even though demand for high-quality Haitian coffee has actually increased on the global market.
Haiti Background: Haiti’s population is predominantly poor and agrarian ; Most farms are less than 1 ha in size ; Much of the topography is mountainous....
This document is structured in three main parts. The rst part consists of an overview of the current coffee market at the international and national level as well as a description of the importance of agriculture and coffee in Haiti. The next two parts are a product of interviews and workshops with almost all actors of the coffee chain in southern Haiti; these parts include a description of the coffee chain for the region and its actors, constraints analysis and recommendations.