Haiti is the world's leading producer of vetiver and the essential oil derived from it. The high quality vetiver oil produced in Haiti is a light, golden amber, thick with a sweet, smooth and earthy fragrance which has become a key component in the manufacture of soaps, perfumes and deodorants around the world. Vetiver essential oil is used in 90% of all Western perfumes. Small farmers in southwest Haiti, accounts for 60% share of the world's vetiver export, with 250 tons annually for just 20 million dollars. With significant room for growth, Vetiver oil production in Haiti can generate as much as $200 million dollars annually, with the United States, the world's largest buyer of essential oils as a next door neighbor. 
The benefits that this emerald of a plant offers to a country, as deforested as Haiti, are innumerable. When vetiver grass matures, they form a very strong and structured root system, that extends to 9-12 feet deep underground, allowing groundwater to be restored and retained. The vetiver plant is highly drought-tolerant and can help to protect soil against erosion. The leaves of vetiver are also excellent to feed cattle, goats, sheep and horses. 
As the economic stability of Haiti continues to improve and its diaspora is thinking more than ever about investing in their country, vetiver production should receive particular attention.