Haitian mango farmers improving profits
Just-picked Haitian Madan Fransik mangoes in Mirabelle, Haiti. Photo by AgriLedger

MIRABELLE, HAITI — Cut open a Madan Fransik mango, and the sweet taste, delicious smell and intense yellow-orange of its flesh can make for a yummy treat — desired by people throughout the world. More than ten years ago, the Haitian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) recognized those characteristics and something else: an opportunity, through technology, to help farmers receive a better price in overseas markets.

MCI, with funding from the World Bank, brought in AgriLedger, the company that developed a Distributed Ledger Technology, or DLT — a series of databases shared and accessed by many people — from grower to purchaser. That was in 2019.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.