Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries. Some 60 per cent of its people live in poverty and at least 40 per cent can neither read nor write. The country's precarious situation is attributable to political instability, bad governance and the neglect of public investment. Moreover, the country was badly hit by a catastrophic earthquake followed by a cholera epidemic in 2010, and by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Haiti's problems are being compounded by recurrent and alternating spells of flooding and drought.
All this directly impacts the efforts of its citizens to secure their supplies of food staples. For many years now, HEKS/EPER has therefore been supporting development projects to assist the people of very remote communes in the Grand’Anse Departement, which was hit especially hard by hurricane Matthew in October 2016.