Bwa Yo: Important Trees of Haiti

Bwa Yo: Important Trees of Haiti


This book, published in 1996, presents important tree species in Haiti as part of a USAID effort to address environmental degradation in Haiti. The trees presented are mainly those in the agricultural landscape, providing food or fuel, although trees with cultural or ecological importance are also presented.

Each tree profile provides information and photos including discussions of the species and common names, importance, taxonomy and botanical features, distribution and ecology, tree characteristics, utilization, propagation, and other findings (biomass studies, growth performance, tree improvement, seed research, and/or planting stock quality).

conclusions & takeaways

At the time of printing, the book reports that USAID’s tree planting efforts since 1981 have benefitted approximately 250,000, or 35% of Haiti’s small farmers, in addition to the soil conservation and wood asset benefits provided by the trees. This book serves as a reference tool for those seeking to continue tree planting efforts to benefit small farmers.


Timyan, Joel. Bwa Yo: Important Trees of Haiti. 1st ed. Washington, D.C.: South-East Consortium for International Development (SECID), c1996.


  • South-East Consortium for International Development, Washington, D.C.