W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) supports leading Haitian social enterprise Acceso Haiti with $1.95 million grant to advance their longstanding work and partnership towards improving livelihoods, nutrition, and overall economic security for farming families in Haiti’s Central Plateau
Acceso Haiti will use the funding to improve farmer incomes through ongoing agricultural training, seedlings and credit for seeds; boost food security through an expanded, locally sourced feeding program for 8,000 children; launch a smallholder farmer and entrepreneur agriculture fund; and strengthen the local agricultural ecosystem through collaborations and partner events to share challenges and solutions. Acceso Haiti will partner with key local organizations including Fonkoze, Quisqueya University, Model School Network (MSN), Zanmi Agrikol, Zanmi Lasante and others to carry out this work.
Acceso Haiti background
Acceso Haiti is a social enterprise founded by leading social agribusiness builder in Latin America and the Caribbean, Acceso (meaning “access” in Spanish). Acceso Haiti is dedicated towards creating lasting economic change and improving food security for rural smallholder farming families and has been working in Haiti since 2014. Acceso Haiti works along the whole value chain from “seed to market”, connecting farmers to formal markets. It has impacted more than 7,400 farmers in Haiti through training, the distribution of inputs including seeds, nursery management, and formal market connections. This includes the aggregation, aflatoxin testing, and sale of 1.7 metric tons of locally grown peanuts to local and international buyers. As part of its market-linked reforestation activities, Acceso Haiti has successfully planted over 1.7 million seedlings of lime, mango, moringa, and other crops.
Acceso Haiti and WKKF partnership
WKKF and Acceso Haiti have been partnering on economic development in Haiti since 2016. WKKF support from 2016 to 2020 allowed Acceso Haiti to expand its agricultural activities, including its farmer training programs and nursery operations such as seedling production and distribution. WKKF also supported Acceso Haiti’s contribution to strengthening the local food ecosystem in Central and South Haiti, through the launch of a feeding program reaching 4,000 children daily with 1.5 million nutritious, locally sourced peanut snacks to date in partnership with MSN in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Funding from WKKF also allowed Acceso Haiti to develop a new export product, Lavi Spicy Peanut Butter, for sale in the U.S. and Canada, fully produced in Haiti in partnership with Zanmi Lasante, and sourced from Haitian smallholder farmers.
“Acceso Haiti is playing a key role in the local agricultural ecosystem through their social business, intermediary approach involving local collaborations; through sustainably boosting farmer livelihoods; through reforestation linked to new farmer income; through exclusively locally-sourced school feeding, and more. We recognize the value of their work in boosting regional food security and scalable economic opportunities for farming families in Central and South Haiti through crucial systemic partnerships with other key local institutions, and we are proud to support their work with this grant through 2023.” Dana François, WKKF Haiti program officer.
“We have ambitious plans to continue impacting more farming families in Haiti through expanding our farmer programs; deploying Extensio, the leading agtech solution in the region through digital SMS/WhatsApp messages to farmers to supplement in-person training; launching a farmer and entrepreneur agro-ecosystem fund that will help farmers invest in assets to improve their production; and continue collaborating with local partners. We are proud to be partnering with WKKF which has been committed to Haitian families and children for decades. WKKF has led the development of an income-generation ecosystem in Haiti which includes Acceso Haiti and many other local partners, and we look forward to continue building this ecosystem together,” said Frank Giustra, founder of Acceso.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
Acceso’s mission is to create fundamental and lasting economic change in the lives of rural smallholder farming families. Acceso’s pioneering entrepreneurial model provides smallholder farmers with a sustainable way to participate in formal markets, enabling them to work themselves out of poverty with dignity and to prosper. Acceso focuses on five key initiatives: empowering farmers to improve agricultural production, guaranteeing market access, boosting local social entrepreneurship, improving food security, and market linked reforestation. Acceso’s current social businesses in Colombia, El Salvador, and Haiti have generated over $53M for more than 15,000 smallholder farmers and farm workers. More information at www.acceso.org and follow Acceso on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
We recognize the value of Acceso's work in boosting regional food security and scalable economic opportunities for farming families in Central and South Haiti through crucial systemic partnerships with other key local institutions.– Dana François, WKKF Haiti program officer