Canada Contributes to Increasing Food Security and Promoting Public Health in Haiti

Parliamentary Secretary Paul Calandra participates in an event to highlight a partnership with Université Laval that increases food security and health for Haitian families

August 27, 2014 – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, visited an important initiative that is increasing food security and improving the nutritional health of Haitian households.

“I am excited to see tangible examples of how Canada is supporting Haiti in its development efforts,” said PS Calandra. “I am proud to witness today the difference that Canada and Canadians are making to help Haitians strengthen their agricultural production and promote public health."

This project, implemented by Université Laval working closely with the State University of Haiti, the Fondation CHIBAS - Haiti, Haiti’s ministries of agriculture and public health, and the local community, is improving the nutritional habits of 8,000 people, particularly children, living in the region of Saint-Marc. This initiative also aims to increase the involvement of women in decision making. Through improvements in agricultural production, the integration of new crops, and greater understanding of nutritional health, the project will help increase the incomes of 2,600 women.

“There are still challenges to overcome but I am encouraged by with the progress made to date. I urge all stakeholders to continue to work together to improve the living standards of the Haitian people,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada is committed to supporting Haiti’s development goals, such as increased access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food and improved healthcare for the people of Saint-Marc.”

This project will also improve practical university training offered in the areas of agronomy and nutrition, including the development of new crops that will contribute to meeting the energy and food needs of poor rural populations.

Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Haiti was confirmed as a country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts. 
  • Canada is one of the largest donors in Haiti, and has provided more than $1.4 billion in development and humanitarian assistance since 2006.
  • Haiti was the first country Minister Paradis visited as Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
  • Canada’s aid to Haiti aligns with the thematic priorities of the International Assistance Envelope, particularly sustainable economic growth and children and youth.

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