SHAISA Expansion and Implications
by Chris Jeanty
Impact Summary: $1.5 million dollars of potential increased tax revenue 100 additional manufacturing jobs 2000 - 5000 farm member network support improved native agricultural capacity and infrastructure
On April 7th, 2017, Jovenal Moïse accompanied by a delegation of senators and other senior officials visited Société Haïtienne Agro-Industrielle (SHAISA) located in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. SHAISA own the Famosa brand tomato paste and ketchup. The event was to capstone a USAID Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) project that was in development for some time.
This $32 million project has two principal parts. First, SHAISA hopes to acquire 50% of its raw tomato material that it currently imports from China and instead source it from an association of smallholder farmers of over 24,000 members across 4,000 hectares, appropriately named Association Nationale des Agriculteurs pour L’Avancement de L’Agriculture Haitienne (ANAPAAH). This required and the facilitation of ANAPAAH infrastructure, where seedlings were provided, greenhouses were improved, and three shade houses were constructed. Second, is the retrofit of their plant and machinery to allow for the processing of the fresh tomatoes.
SHAISA, in operation since the 1980’s, have had a history of being able to navigate through the best and the worst of Haiti’s geographic, social, and economic challenges. Empowering this company with the needed funds to restore its production facility to international standards is a prudent move, and can only serve to strengthen Haiti’s long-term economic viability. Additional investments like this that provide simultaneous in roads between industry and agricultural will be critical in achieving that goal.