Haiti Rice Import: More than 80 percent of the rice consumption is imported

Did you know... More than 80 percent of rice consumed in Haiti is imported and most of the rice consumed in Haiti comes from the United States. Haiti keeps importing more and more rice every year since 1986 despite the new government's promise to increase local rice production.

PHOTO: Haitian man taking a nap with a bag of rice under his head
PHOTO: Haitian man taking a nap with a bag of rice under his head

Over the past 25 years, local Haitian rice production has declined by 32 percent, the annual importation average of rice has grown 28 percent, and the national consumption or rice has increased on an average rate of 5% per year.

80% of all the rice consumed in Haiti comes from the United States. Did you know that?


RICE - Haiti Food Shopping - Gode Diri - Rice Measuring Cup

The Haitian rice market is shared between these importers:

  • Du riz Mega
  • Du riz Tchako
  • Du riz Jumbo
  • Du riz Bongou
  • Du riz Miami
  • Du riz Bull

Read more from an article, in french, published by Le Nouvelliste

Also note: There used to be a 50 percent import tariff imposed on rice back in the late 1980s. By 1995 that tariff was reduced to only 3 percent sending the importation of rice to Haiti through the roof.

Despite all this, rice production is the breadwinner of tens of thousands of planters, farm-workers and resellers and more in the Artibonite region of Haiti.

Care to know what kind of jobs the importation of rice brings to Haiti?


Manual Labor in Haiti - Carrying rice bags for a living

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Tags: Import Export in Haiti, Rice fields in Haiti, Rice in Haiti, American Rice in Haiti, Food Prices in Haiti, Haitian Newsletter Articles, Business

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Patrick Princivil says...

Yo bliyé ajouté plastik

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Guy Laguerre says...

Map tandé parole sa se president Clinton ki lakoz sa epi se USA ki gin terre sèlman epi Haiti pa gin terre ki pou fè di riz

paské president nou yo gin san reté avek moune.

Se restavèk blan yo ye.

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Yanick says...

Lobbyist 4 Good

A campaign to help farmers in Haiti by reforming US Food

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Haiti Rice Imports says...

Eske w konnen?

en Haiti, plis pase 80 pousan diri nou konsome se diri empòte. Kantite diri nou pwodwi kontinye ap bese pande ke enpòtasyon diri ap ogmante chak ane. anpils, Ayisyen manje plis diri sèjousi.

Menm nan konbit sekle mayi se diri Ayisyen manje! Se gro

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