Haiti Wins Donor Financing for Agriculture, Quake Rebuilding

The Inter-American Development Bank and Global Agriculture and Food Security Program are contributing funds to a program that aims to increase agricultural productivity of small farmers in Haiti’s north and northeastern regions.

IDB is providing $15 million and Global Agriculture and Food Security Program an additional $25 million for the project, which the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development plans to launch early in 2012. The initiative will ease access of nearly 3,000 small farmers to improved seeds and modern agricultural technologies, according to an IDB news release on Aug. 31.

A day earlier, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund announced it was committing $1.4 million for three new projects: a housing program, a vocation training scheme and a sustainable energy initiative.

The fund was established by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as part of fundraising efforts to help Haitians rebuild from a devastating earthquake in January 2010. As of May 15, 2011, it had received $53.8 million in donations.

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