Agriculture is an important part of Haiti's economy, but the country produces only about half of the food its people need. The rest is imported.
In developing countries, the gap between the food that people can grow locally and the imported food they need to purchase is often called "food security"-or in this case "food insecurity." In Haiti the gap means many of the poorest and most vulnerable people can't afford enough to eat, resulting in a multitude of health problems.
Farmers in Haiti work with the practice of food sovereignty in mind. They work to increase food production even as they struggle to reduce soil erosion in the mountains, and try to work with nature as they manage ever more erratic cycles of rain and drought. They form local organizations to support one another, shape local food systems that are fair, press for collaboration from government, and work with international development agencies.
In Haiti, Mission & Service helps support two partners: Haiti's Methodist Church and the Karl Lévêque Cultural Institute. Both organizations support local farmers with microcredit, livestock, and seed programs, and both participated in a two-day forum on food security with the representatives of six Canadian churches and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Through our gifts for Mission & Service, Haitian farmers are able to help ensure the social, economic, and environmental well-being of their communities.
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