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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Disasters, climate, environment» in Haiti

Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries. About three quarters of the population live below the poverty line and cannot meet their basic needs. The root causes of the country's precarious situation are political instability, bad governance and insufficient public investment. The global economic crisis led to reduced purchasing power and economic decline. Besides, natural disasters repeatedly thwart people's efforts to secure their livelihood. HEKS/EPER helps improve the food situation and incomes of the rural population so that they can meet their basic needs; it also assists the Haitian government with the implementation of development plans and provides humanitarian aid after natural disasters.

HEKS/EPER in Haiti

Facts

Thanks to HEKS/EPER, 4500 producers benefited from quality seeds and could triple their harvest and boost their incomes. Some 7700 families gained access to potable water. Thanks to new paths and roads, 12’000 families now enjoy better connections for reaching schools and markets in local centres. Besides, 2900 children receive daily school meals from school gardens.

 

Natural disasters and environmental pollution are on the rise worldwide. Ever more people live in places that regularly experience storms, flooding, droughts and earthquakes. Besides, the over-exploitation of agricultural land, waters or forests is leading to «permanent disasters» such as water shortage, desertification or erosion. Climate change and the exploitation of natural resources, as well as economic crises and armed conflicts are exacerbating poverty and hampering the development of poor and rural regions. To secure the livelihoods of people over the long term, HEKS/EPER formulates strategies together with the local population to minimize risks and better prepare people to withstand disasters.