Holistic rural development in Haiti

World Neighbors has been working in Haiti since 1966, promoting a holistic participatory approach to community development. This strategy addresses the roots of inter-connected problems of: declining food production, malnutrition, diseases and environmental degradation in underserved areas. Along with its strategic long-term approach, World Neighbors developed a quick response to natural disasters, such as hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the earthquake in 2010, with participation of local partners and community based organizations. Our interventions in Haiti have a risk prevention approach, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and women empowerment, not only as a focus point but also as a crosscutting approach for development initiatives. World Neighbors works with and supports to grassroots organizations and network in the department of Artibonite.


• Promotion of crop diversity for year-round sustainability of agriculture production. • Implementing community credit programs. • Developing clean water programs. • Building family gardens to improve dietary diversification of families. • Training community volunteers as health workers. • Training community leaders and volunteers to build water reservoirs and efficient irrigation systems. • Support to local entrepreneurs and small business owners, through the formation of community driven credit committees. • Strengthening sustainable, climate change, adaptive agriculture, focusing on soil conservation, reforestation and crop diversification.

Cross-cutting issues

Gender equity/ Local capacity building/ Sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods/ Community health/ Community based credit and savings


  • Haiti>Artibonite


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene