Haiti smallholder cocoa farmers’ ability to capitalize on growing international demand for quality cocoa is hampered by low productivity and inadequate post-harvest processing both of which lower bean quality and quantity, as well as limit the capacity of farmer cooperatives to offer high-value marketplace linkages for members. Although most of Haiti’s smallholder cocoa farmers live at or below the poverty line, the potential to be lifted out of poverty by supplying the global cocoa market is ever increasing.
Ensuring stable and resilient agricultural production and ecologically-sound natural resource management in the Northern corridor of Haiti is critical to mitigating and adapting to the effects of changing climates. LWR is promoting adaptation techniques necessary for a strong agricultural value chain that include local weather monitoring stations, adaptation training for farmers, and diversification of food crops to meet household consumption.
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