Union of Haitian Peasants (UHP)

Organisation Agricole de Développement pour la Production des Paysans Haïtiens

Organisation Agricole de Développement pour la Promotion des Paysans Haïtiens

Development Organization for Agricultural Production of Haitian Farmers

Development Organization for Agricultural Promotion of Haitian Farmers

A peasant organization of development aid founded in Haiti since 1990

Historicity and Presentation

Today, alongside the socio-political crises that are disrupting the world, there are three (3) major problems: Hunger, Climate Change and the Depletion of Natural Resources. Haiti remains a country hitherto agricultural. Despite the accelerated urbanization in recent years and the strong emigration to the Dominican Republic, and in recent times to Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and other Caribbean countries, about 55% of the population lives in the areas Rural areas and farming. They are unfortunately very little or no framed. Today, a large proportion of small-scale agricultural producers abandon farming and increase the mass of the unemployed in the urban areas of Haiti, while others continue to produce by agreeing to earn a low income. To respond to unfair competition from products coming from certain economic powers who cheerfully subsidize their agriculture in order to maintain their producer’s dignity in their sectors of activity. Unfortunately, the option chosen by the various State officials who succeeded one another in power during the last decades is to supply the population with imported products such as rice instead of investing in domestic production, Spirit and letter of the 1987 Constitution in force. Yet there are favorable conditions in the country for the development of a sustainable and prosperous agriculture capable of meeting the food needs of the population. This agriculture must be at the same time peasant, ecological, agroforestry, intensive, diversified and innovative. On the other hand, the forest cover of Haiti is currently reduced to less than 2%, whereas it was more than 20% during 1978. This situation is the basis of accelerated erosion of the soil becoming less and less productive, of long periods of drought and above all of the virtual disappearance of the fragile ecosystems jeopardizing many species already endangered in Haiti. It is in this objective that the Agricultural Development Organization for the Production of Haitian Peasants (OADEPROPAH-Haiti) and the Union of Haitian Peasants (UHP) originated in rural and urban areas to address the different problems Socio-politico-economic conditions faced by peasant populations.

Presentation and Structure

The Development Organization for Agricultural Production of Haitian Farmers is a Farmers Organization with the status of a peasant organization recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation. The OADEPROPAH-Haiti is a peasant organization that aims to unite all the small farmers and farmers of Haiti and to bring together the young rural workers and the rural women organized in peasant groups with a view to their cultural and economic promotion to the valuation of agricultural products in Haiti.

At each level of the structures, there are elected leaders who are in charge of the coordination of the OADEPROPAH-Haiti organization. Here are the governing bodies.
  • The leaders of the peasant group. There shall be at least 3 members, including a chairperson or coordinator, a secretary and a treasurer. They are elected for 3 years renewable once.
  • The local coordinating committee of OADEPROPAH-Haiti. It is composed of the chairs or coordinators of the producer groups and breeders who make up the local assembly. It chooses among its members a coordinator, a secretary and a treasurer who are ratified by the local assembly. This committee meets twice a month.
  • The zone coordination committee of the OADEPROPAH Haiti organization. It is composed of the coordinators of the local coordination committees of the OADEPROPAH -Haiti organization. It selects from its members a Zone Coordinator, a Secretary and a Treasurer who are ratified by the Zone Assembly. Basically the organization has a peasant organization structure of development aid.
  • The Central Coordination Committee of the OADEPROPAH- Haiti. It is made up of Zone Coordinators. But the zones which have more than 100 groupings are entitled to one more delegate, that which would have more than 200 groups are entitled to 2 more delegates. It elects among its members: a general secretary, an assistant secretary general, a treasurer. He also elected a spokesman and two deputy spokespeople from all members of the OADEPROPAH- Haiti. All these officials must be ratified by the general assembly of the organization OADEPROPAH- Haiti and this is done every May 01 of the current year. It meets every 3 months according to the activity chart of the organization or group responsible.
  • The Executive Committee. It is composed of the general secretary of the OADEPROPAH- Haiti who presides over him, the Secretary-General the Agricultural Development Organization for the Production of the Haitian peasants Farmers (OADEPROPAH-Haiti), the ) Secretary General of the OADEPROPAH-Haiti rural youth organization, the OADEPROPAH- Haiti executive director appointed by the Central Coordination Committee to coordinate the programs of the OADEPROPAH-Haiti, Organization of the UNICAGRIH-Haiti Cooperative president: www.unicagrihaiti.net of the coordinators of the 12 committees provided for in the statutes to help the organization in its operation. The Executive Committee constitutes the collective leadership of the OADEPROPAH- Haiti. It usually meets once a month.
  • To coordinate OADEPROPAH- Haiti's programs and projects on a day-to-day basis, the Central Coordination Committee shall appoint an Executive Director. The Executive Director coordinates the activities of the organization with the support of an administrative team and employees who work in the various OADEPROPAH-Haiti programs and projects. It reports to the Executive Committee and to the Central Coordination Committee of OADEPROPAH-Haiti.

Legal Status and Recognition of the Haitian Government

The Organization OADEPROPAH-Haiti is a Peasant Organization with the Status of a peasant farmers organization and registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor at the number ST-1027 of 10 February 1994 and the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation MPCE-UCAONG) to the number: B-0210 and to publish in the Official Journal le Moniteur at Number 13 Monday 12 February 1996 by the Haitian Government. From 1991 to the present day for the year 2017 the organization OADEPROPAH- Haiti currently has 125.000.00 members through ten departments specifically in the rural areas of Haiti Others (to be specified) The OADEPROPAH-Haiti organization has peasant farmers and breeders who do want to group small producers of the rural and urban areas of Haiti.



Promoting and safeguarding the interest of Haitian members as individuals small farmers, associations and farmers groupments, corporations, companies purveyors and other organization involved in the business of agriculture in order to achieve sustainable agriculture, economic and social development. This mission statement sets out:
  • Ground rules for OADEPROPAH-Haiti activities
  • Identifies not only what activities the OADEPROPAH-Haiti is in, but also the core beliefs or guiding principles that underpin its activities and where it is heading
  • All objectives and strategies of the OADEPROPAH-Haiti are derived from the mission statement

To organize, advocate for favorable policies and transform small Haitian farmers into prosperous rural communities and develop agricultural and rural loan.


Empowered small Haitian farmer’s sustainable development in the rural areas of Haiti.


OADEPROPAH-Haiti is non-political and non-partisan organization. The Union has a strict policy requirement every members to resign his/her union leadership post upon his /her involvement in national politics. Further, OADEPROPAH-Haiti is made up of members and led by regular leaders.


To promote and safeguard the interest of members. To support the conduct and the development of the agriculture industry in the rural and urban areas of Haiti. To collect and distribute to members and others, information concerning agriculture and the marketing of agriculture produce or otherwise considered to be of interest to members. To print and publish magazines, periodicals, books, leaflets and other similar material thought desirable for the promotion of the other objectives of the union or of interest to the members or intended to inform the public of matters concerning agriculture. To make representations to the government or to any competent authority with regard to matters directly or indirectly affecting agriculture (in its broadest sense). To subscribe to the funds of any association or body having objectives or interest similar or complementary to those of the union for purposes, which in the opinion of the union governing body ,would or might be beneficial to the agriculture industry . Generally and without any restriction which otherwise be implies from the foregoing objects, to promote and safeguard the interest of members and the development and progress of agriculture of agriculture industry in the rural and urban areas of Haiti.

To contribute to improved Haitian farmers livelihoods and general agricultural development, agricultural cooperative and rural credit in Haiti The Development Organization for Agricultural Production of Haitian Farmers (OADEPROPAH-Haiti) is the largest small farmer’s interest organization in Haiti and it represents over 1.500.550 million farming households in the rural and urban areas of Haiti. The Union of Haitian Peasants (UHP) draws its membership from the following sub sectors, communal section, resettlement, small –scale commercial, peri-urban holders, urban agricultural, agricultural cooperative and rural loan, and large-scale small commercial farmers. Individuals voluntary join the Union of Haitian Peasants and the OADEPROPAH-Haiti in December 1996 following the merger of the Union of Haitian Peasants and the OADEPROPAH-Haiti.

Core Function

OADEPROPAH-Haiti core functions include; lobbying and advocacy; members services provision and support; information dissemination and communication with members. Through these core functions ,OADEPROPAH-Haiti and Union of Haitian Peasants (UHP) promotes and safeguards the members’ interests ;and the development of the agricultural industry .In support of the above core functions, OADEPROPAH-Haiti also performs the following functions:

Supports development of agriculture by organizing members into association to create an effective voice on concerns in the agriculture industry and climate change in Haiti. Makes representations on behalf of members to government or to any competent authority with regard to matters affecting agriculture whether directly or indirectly. Collects and distributes to members, in print and electronic form, information on agriculture and agricultural marketing. It’s also prints and distributes information of material interest to members and other stakeholders in form of periodical, magazine, position and research papers. Facilitates and creates institutional linkages by subscribing to any association or body having objects or interests similar to or complimentary to those of the union and peasants groupments

OADEPROPAH-Haiti Structure

OADEPROPAH-Haiti has three major distinct structures in which constitutionalism and democratic principles are aptly upheld. It is though these structures, particularly the council and the Board of Directors that policy formulation functions exercised.

The Council of OADEPROPAH-Haiti

Chaired by the president of union council is the supreme body of the union responsible for policy formulation and policy guidance for the organization in the rural areas of Haiti. It is made up of representatives of farmers’ Associations, Commodity Associations, commodity Committees, Corporate members, Agribusiness, agricultural cooperative and Board members. The two trustees of union also attend the council meetings. The council meets three times a year. Two of the meeting are the ordinary council meeting held during the first and fourth quarter of each year .The third meeting is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of council commodity known as the Annual General Congress. The Annual congress mainly consider audited financial statements of the union performance of the union and elects members of the Board of Directors of Union of Haitian Peasants (UHP) & OADEPROPAH-Haiti.

The Board of OADEPROPAH-Haiti

The board is charged with the responsibility of running the business of the organization on behalf the council. It is made up of the president who chairs the board, two (2)Directors representing Farmers’ Associations, two (2)Directors representing commodity /specialized Association, agricultural cooperative and committees ,one (1) representative of corporate members one (1)representative of the Agribusiness chamber ,and one (1) co-opted member. Two vice presidents, who are elected and appointed by the board from among the board members. The two trustees of the union also attend the board meetings. The Executive Director is also a member of board as an Ex –official.

The Board

The OADEPROPAH-Haiti Secretariat

The OADEPROPAH-Haiti Secretariat is comprised of the staff, headed by the Executive Director. The OADEPROPAH-Haiti Secretariat has three distinct members service unit, which are the Outreach and Membership; Research, Economics and Consultancy Unit; Accounts Finance and Administration.



The Agricultural Organization of Social Development for the Promotion of Livestock, Fisheries, Beekeeping and Farmers of Haiti (OADESPREPA-Haiti) is a Farmers organization of development aid working with the Haitian farmers layers disadvantaged people living in remote areas of Haiti.

Email: oadesprepahaiti@gmail.com