Some 19,000 rural households in the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic are set to benefit from a USD 31 million UN project. The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project targets economic organizations of small farmers and rural micro-entrepreneurs, aiming to go beyond the traditional mechanism based on intermediaries, who pay farmers a very low price for produce, and strengthen producers’ organizations. These groups will gradually build capacity and directly link with traders and buyers in niche markets such as fair trade and organic, with particular attention to quality coffee, organic bananas and cocoa. (UN News Service)

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