In Focus: Using Greenhouses to Grow Incomes in Haiti

This week, Chemonics’ Mario Kerby presented at the Harvest the Future International Symposium about our work helping smallholder farmers in Haiti increase their incomes through the use of greenhouses. Harvest the Future is an annual gathering for experts to share and discuss the latest advancements and initiatives in small-scale, climate-smart agriculture.

From 2009 to 2014, the USAID Feed the Future West/ WINNER project installed more than 400 greenhouses on Haïtian hillsides. By using protected agriculture, vertical agriculture and drip irrigation, farmers were able to produce high-value crops year-round. The project resulted in a 119 percent average increase in household income for more than 60,000 farmers.

If low-cost greenhouses for smallholder farmers can work in Haïti, this technology could hold promise for smallholder farmers throughout the Caribbean basin and elsewhere.

"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world.

Danielle Zielinski is a manager in Strategic Communications and Outreach at Chemonics.

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