Knowledge Note

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere (GDP per capita of $660) with 55 percent of the population subsisting on less than US $1.25 per day.1 Despite its high vulnerability, the country experienced a sustained growth rate between 2004 and 2008, and is currently slowly recovering of the devastated effects of the earthquake that destroyed its capital city in 2010. Agriculture in the form of small-scale subsistence farming accounts for 30 percent of the country’s GDP and provides work for about two-thirds of all Haitians