Port-au-Prince.– The US$15 million Haiti received from the Inter-American Development Bank will help modernize the country’s agricultural policies and institutions.
The grant will be complemented with a $7 million grant from the Haiti Reconstruction Fund. Part of the reforms will include a push to strengthen Haiti’s Ministry of Agriculture to carry out its planning, programming and budgeting functions and to improve its management capacity.
The IDB is currently using grants to finance projects totaling more than US$200 million in Haiti, including crop intensification, irrigation and farming technology, among others.
Haiti will also promote new laws to assign legal status to water user associations, enabling farmers to manage and maintain irrigation systems.