Haiti Handicrafts Value Chain Analysis

  • Date Posted: June 2, 2010
  • Authors: Eric Derks, Ted Barber, Olaf Kula, Elizabeth Dalziel
  • Organizations: ACDI/VOCA
  • Document Types: Assessment
  • Donor Type: US Agency for International Development

Haiti is known throughout the Caribbean, Americas and Europe for the quality and creativity of its handicrafts, especially metalwork. The capacity of the handicrafts industry to turn that advantage into a larger and growing market share is constrained by a number of factors. This study presents, i) the constraints and opportunities of the handicrafts industry in Haiti, ii) the results of a workshop for key stakeholders in the industry including development of a competitiveness strategy, and iii) recommendations to the USAID mission in Haiti for support to this initiative.

Information was gathered through interviews with over 50 market actors in Haiti with additional interviews of experts in the global handicraft market, with a particular focus on the US1, on trends and opportunities in the market. To permit a greater depth of analysis, interviews were limited to market actors involved in metal and paper-mâché crafts. This report focuses on the in-country assessment of the handicrafts value chain in Haiti and the stakeholder planning workshop.