Student research in Haiti
Haiti is currently the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The country is heavily dependent on development aid. As a consequence of the devastating earthquake in January 2010, which affected more than three million people, the situation in Haiti deteriorated further and its dependence on foreign humanitarian, financial and technical aid increased. In addition to the natural disasters that repeatedly strike the country, political instability and corruption are significant factors contributing to its continuing economic misery. After the 2010 earthquake, the work of Welthungerhilfe’s development programme initially concentrated on emergency aid and reconstruction. At the same time, important groundwork was done to promote the long-term development of the country, particularly in the fields of nutrition and agriculture. The priority for future programmes should, above all, be to strengthen local actors and structures so that the country can respond to future difficulties on its own more effectively, and so that a strong civil society emerges.