The International Fund for Agricultural Development has earmarked a USD2.5 million grant to help create jobs and improve food production in quake-hit Haiti. It will hand over the grant to the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.
The 18-month scheme aims to ease strains in resources and infrastructure in communities that host the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who fled Port-au-Prince following the Jan. 12 earthquake. It seeks to repair 13 irrigation systems, rehabilitate 12 kilometers of rural roads, assist in building 300 community and family gardens, and provide seeds and tools to some 9,000 households.
Local women’s groups and community organizations will implement the project, which is expected to entail about 200,000 days of employment. Training in marketing, agricultural production and gender issues forms part of the initiative.