In 2013, the Smallholder Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti (SMASH, implemented by Papyrus) was launched by BRANA, a Heineken company, to strengthen the sorghum value chain and spur socially inclusive growth in Haiti. In 2016, SMASH partnered with RTI International and Dimagi to develop SMASH Mobil, an integrated mobile technology and reporting system, to support actors across the value chain.
Local sourcing is at the heart of HEINEKEN’s “Brewing a Better Future” sustainability strategy. In Haiti, HEINEKEN has committed to purchase locally sourced sorghum, improving the lives of over 18,000 farmers under the SMASH project.
In Haiti, small and medium local businesses are vital to the economy. They account for over 80 percent of total employment, but often their growth is constrained because they lack knowledge and investment to improve performance and profits.
Haitian institutions are often seen as inactive or absent in key areas of Haiti’s growth. This is a misconception that ignores the many challenges this group faces. One of the most significant difficulties is that they are not structured to compete for and manage international funding, due to lack of access to organizational capacity development, thus limiting their ability to be actors of change.
In Haiti, local and foreign institutions working in the country suffer from a lack of access to information. Not only are data produced by the Haitian Government or other entities not published or accessible to a wider audience, but service providers are not listed, and funding opportunities are not shared. As a result, outsiders see Haiti as a difficult country in which to invest, and local service providers often don’t have access to funding opportunities.