Virtually all Haitian farmers are smallholders. The ones who live in the country’s humid, mountainous regions grow coffee in traditional “Creole gardens” — small and diverse plots where coffee grows in conjunction with ground crops and other fruit trees. After years of neglect, however, many farmers lack access to technical know-how when it comes to growing coffee.
The Haiti Coffee Academy trains interested local smallholders in basic coffee agronomy, harvesting practices, and processing techniques. Training programs are hands-on and practical — sessions are taught in Haitian Creole, held in coffee gardens, and suited for adults with various levels of formal education.
We also work with other actors along the supply chain to link smallholders to buyers, helping ensure that their training yields direct economic benefits.