Haiti: On the Road to Food Sovereignty | Development and Peace

Haiti: On the Road to Food Sovereignty

On January 12, 2010, a violent earthquake registering 7 on the Richter scale struck Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, and the poorest in the western hemisphere. The fragile infrastructure of the country could not withstand the impact of the earthquake, and most of the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as surrounding areas such as Jacmel and Carrefour, were reduced to ruins. Development and Peace launched an urgent call for emergency relief, and collected $20 million in donations from Canadians from coast to coast. These funds enabled Development and Peace to respond to the urgent needs of the people of Haiti, and implement a community reconstruction plan for the country, with an emphasis on the rebuilding of infrastructure, food sovereignty, and human rights.

Two years after the earthquake, Development and Peace went to Haiti accompanied by a film crew to document the impact of its food sovereignty projects on local communities. By featuring examples of local initiatives supported by Development and Peace, this documentary reveals the challenges faced by peasants in Haiti as they work to improve their living conditions. It explains how food sovereignty is a development model that improves living conditions while providing an opportunity for Haiti to become self-sufficient.

Organize a screening in your community
We invite you to organize a screening of the documentary film On the Road to Food Sovereignty in your community. Development and Peace has created a Screening Guide to assist you in organizing a screening in order to raise awareness about the issue of world hunger and food sovereignty, which affects both people in the Global South as well as Canadians. A poster template is also provided to help you promote your event.

Screening guide


  • Background information about the concept of food sovereignty
  • Practical advice on organizing a screening
  • Questions to inspire reflection and debate
  • A description of Development and Peace’s partnerships in Haiti


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