Agriculture is considered the largest sector within the Haitian economy, employing roughly half of the nation’s labor force. Its unique microclimate helps produce high-value crops of superior quality. The main export crops of the island include mangoes, coffee, cocoa, maize, beans and essential oils.
The current production of coffee in Haiti is about 400,000 bags per year and the mango industry has earned its leading place as a result of the quality of its product. Haiti possesses 10 million mango trees and is ready to explore new uses for fruit varieties such as dehydrating and pureeing.
Livestock, fish and wildlife, especially poultry, have exceptional potential as well. The latter’s current market value is approximately $185 million. In addition, local receptivity and consumption of domestic products is also increasing among Haitian consumers of goat, beef, and pork. Indeed, Haiti is the largest producer of goat meat in the region.
The government has articulated its vision for the reconstruction and recovery of the sector in the National Agriculture Investment Plan, which is leading to a variety of interventions that represent an $800 million investment once fully implemented.
The Invest in Haiti Forum will have a special panel session on opportunities in the agribusiness sector, to be presented by leading local and international companies doing business in Haiti.