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Haiti: Farming yards

House construction in Carrefour Feuilles district of Port au Prince. Without urban planning, competition for space is high. Oxfam is enabling families to feed themselves by growing food on the rooftops and backyards of Haiti’s capital.

Funding target: £150,000

Year 2 of a 2 year project
The 2010 earthquake devastated much of Port au Prince. This innovative project uses everyday items like recycled tyres to give poor families the chance to rebuild their lives and grow enough to eat through urban agriculture.

About the project

Help poor families in Haiti feed themselves and earn a regular income through urban agriculture

The effects of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital, Port au Prince, are still being felt, particularly in the densely populated Carrefour Feuilles district. Here, many families are struggling to feed themselves and to rebuild their lives and livelihoods with limited government support.

With your support we aim to:

  • Increase urban food production and incomes for producers, especially women-headed households by introducing innovative rooftop and backyard growing techniques, nurseries, water collection systems, and marketing opportunities;
  • Increase the availability of fresh, affordable food for local communities;
  • Enable growers to collectively promote wider replication of urban agriculture and to lobby for support for urban farming in their areas.

Who will benefit

Directly, some 250 families, around 1,000 people, in Carrefour Feuilles will benefit from support to establish backyard or rooftop gardens growing vegetables and fruit. By growing more food, these families will benefit from more varied diets and greater household income. At least half of the beneficiaries will come from women-headed households.

How we are helping

Marie's story

Marie became interested in Oxfam's project after her sister started growing vegetables in old tyres filled with soil and buckets in her backyard.

 My sister grew lots of vegetables; I would like to do what she did: grow spinach and kazoos, protect them against pests and keep them away from goats and children. I want to sell some and use the money to restart my old business.

By helping families such as Marie's to produce nutritious food we can give them the chance to rebuild their lives.

Photo: Peleg Charles/Oxfam

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.32MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping families in Haiti to rebuild their lives by increasing opportunities for urban agriculture. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

(if applicable)

Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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