Advocating for policy change often requires taking the long view. It takes many small, incremental steps to build enough momentum to move what can feel unmovable. But ripples of advocacy for Haitian cholera victims started to gather into something bigger in recent weeks with the United Nations’ (UN) acknowledgement of its responsibility for introducing cholera…

Read more When ripples become waves

Dekoundam Louise shares peanuts grow by the Bedai village women’s group. MCC photo/Silas Crews

Just as many children in the U.S. enjoy eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter is a regular nutritious snack for Haitian children and adults. Peanuts represent an important industry in Haiti, where nearly 150,000 farmers produce roughly 70,000 metric tons of peanuts annually. A thriving peanut processing sector employs an estimated 500,000 Haitians,…

Read more When good intentions go bad: U.S. dumping peanuts in Haiti

Dekoundam Louise shares peanuts grow by the Bedai village women's group.
MCC partner Baobab trained women in Badei village in techniques to raise healthier goats, chickens and ducks. Training on how to use vaccines for goats and poultry was also provided to help villagers maintain healthy animals which typically garner a higher sale price at market.
In rural areas outside Moundou, Chad, MCC supports the work of partner organization Baobab, which provides agricultural training, helping farmers to raise healthier livestock and find new opportunities to earn an income from their land. .

Peanuts have taken center stage in Haiti, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a surplus of peanuts in the U.S. would be shipped to Haitian school children. It has ignited a lively debate between proponents of food assistance, Haitian development organizations and farmer coalitions, and international organizations with years of experience working…

Read more True cost of “free” peanuts


By Charissa Zehr Democracy, transparency and good governance become catchphrases during political campaigns and election cycles. In Haiti, these issues contribute to the deepening debate around mining. As the legitimacy of Haiti’s government continues to be questioned, some of Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations have expressed concerns that a proposed mining law could be passed…

Read more The risky business of mining


Although the results of Haiti’s first round presidential election have been released, the elections are far from over. One week ago today, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced preliminary results from the first round of elections. With low voter turnout and many reports of fraud, many are questioning the legitimacy of the results. Several candidates are also…

Read more The votes are counted, but it is far from over