World Vision Supports Farming and Exporting Skills in Haiti

Anthony Freddura is a project manager and business systems analyst currently working at MultiPlan Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts. Anthony Freddura also supports several charities including World Vision.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that focuses on helping people facing poverty and injustice all over the world. The organization achieves this in several ways, including through microfinance and microloans that can help break the cycle of poverty.

From 2008 to 2013, for example, World Vision operated a Multi-Year Assistance Program in Haiti to address food insecurity and high levels of child malnutrition. During the program, 283 hectares of land were cultivated and over 5,000 farmers received training. The program offered small delayed subsidies to farmers who planted mango trees with the intention of exporting in partnership with local agricultural firm Agridev. Agridev helped the Haitian farmers meet Fair Trade and organic standards in order to increase their financial gain from high end US markets.

Two years after the end of the program, World Vision found the Haitian farmers and export processes still functional, with income having been increased and food security somewhat improved.