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Student research in Haiti

Welthungerhilfe project site Ouanaminthe

Thesis papers produced in cooperation with the University of Bonn include research on managing emergencies, natural disasters, food security and soil erosion. The findings from such papers are summarised in this brochure.

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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.

Similar questions and topics arise over and over again in Welthungerhilfe’s local projects. Such topics can be addressed through detailed scientific analysis, for example through case studies. Some of these questions could be worked on in research undertaken for thesis papers produced in cooperation with the University of Bonn. These include papers related to managing emergencies, natural disasters, food security and soil erosion. The findings from such papers are summarised in this brochure. 

Table of Contents

  • The role of civil society organisations in disaster management: Mapping vulnerability in Northeast Haiti
  • Expecting the unexpected: Exploring resilience strategies of socio-ecological systems to natural hazards in Northeast Haiti
  • Food security in the communities of Acul des Pins, Acul Samedi and Haut Maribaroux in Northeast Haiti
  • The effects of deforestation on soil erosion in the watersheds of Jassa, Lamatry and Rio Massacre
  • The use of water in the agricultural area of Haut Maribaroux
  • Google Maps and Google Earth in development cooperation. Web-GIS applications in the work of Welthungerhilfe in Ouanaminthe, Haiti
Student research in Haiti
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Year of publication

2016

Topics

Crisis and desasters Hunger and nutrition security

Continents and countries

Latin America & Caribbean Germany Europe