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Port-au-Prince.– The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new project aiming to boost at least 40,000 rural households in northern Haiti.

The five-year, US$88 million project, dubbed “Feed the Future North,” will largely focus on improving yields for farmers of corn, beans, rice, plantains and cocoa.

Like several other new initiatives in Haiti, the programme will use mobile money to make it easier for farmers and agribusinesses to manage their transactions, the agency said.

The project, which will be led by Chief of Party Cristian Juliard, will cover six watersheds in Haiti’s north: Limbé, Haut du Cap, Grande Rivière du Nord, Trou du Nord, Marion and Jassa.

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Written by: chilliwestaziz, 22 Jun 2013 2:27 PM
From: Jamaica
I told you so! With Brazil, Jamaica, Vietnam, and US products exponentially pushing up the import numbers in Haiti, the DR will have to scale back its production or find other takers. Chile is also looking at Haiti to market its vast cod fish supplies (bacalau). Married with local production, as expected by these USAID projects, Haiti is on its way to divesting its buying interests for Dominican products. What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, both!
Written by: chilliwestaziz, 22 Jun 2013 2:40 PM
From: Jamaica
Haiti has tried this divorcing process before with the DR but the DR always played their strategy. The minute the DR hears that Haiti is buying from another country at a lower price, they lower their price; even at a loss to drive out the competition. Once the competition is long gone, the DR raises its product price to make its profit and make up for its loss during its strategy period. NOW, the Haitian government is doing something that it never did before. Cement formal agreements with other govts and private companies....assurances backed by the state. This is why the DR should be worried.
Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 22 Jun 2013 2:59 PM
From: United States
THIS IS GREAT NEWS! we'll ofcourse have to settle with our meger $103billion annual income without Haitian revenue, but finally Haitians can work in there own bateys right at home. I know US, Brazil, Jamaican coupled with the Haitian elites plantations will be much more tolerable the ones in our hatefilled country. and once production in agriculture is down, the need for labor will be exhausted. meaning the repatriated 100s of thousands of Haitians now have somewhere to work and truly call home amongst their own kind and culture. its a win win!!!!
Written by: chilliwestaziz, 22 Jun 2013 4:40 PM
From: Jamaica
Yes, everybody wants to see Haiti win, especially the US. More jobs in Haiti means less migration of her poor. The DR will win here. There is truth in your sarcasm.
Written by: andujar67, 22 Jun 2013 5:49 PM
From: United States
The now prime minister vow he would change how Haitian depends on the Dominicans for everything he kept his word his next project to discourage the well to do from sending their kids to schools or universities in the D R those millions should stay in the country ...they are changes specially in the south where many small town have 24hr electricity I've noticed sugar cane plantation are popping up everywhere and corns which will create jobs for those who want to return home...peace will come finally..
Written by: Danilo This user is banned, 22 Jun 2013 6:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
I applaud Haiti, this may be real progress. With less misery on the island both countries win.
Written by: andujar67, 22 Jun 2013 11:55 PM
From: United States
Claro danilo right now there are young Haitian making a different in the country i myself with a domican father an Haitian mother i want the best for my island like in brave hart the movie it's my island
Written by: CarlosFranco, 23 Jun 2013 3:27 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn

88 million down the drain!

Written by: Arcangel96, 23 Jun 2013 12:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic
This is indeed good news, and I wish it nothing less than success.
Written by: jambdebois, 23 Jun 2013 6:08 PM
From: United States
88 million down the drain!
Franco, I feel your pain! maybe DR, arrogance at least some, is the blame.
Well brethen Chill,
One aspect DR is obliviant to, talking to several foreign visitors, it's not dificult to fall in love with the inhabitants of Haiti.
After pushing and rubbing the our skin is lighter in the east diatribe, the hue adage has lost its value culmunated with I am too lazy to roll up my sleeves; DR is losing its standing in the global rearrangement!
Time change people change with time.
Written by: venganzaderafael, 24 Jun 2013 3:02 AM
From: United States
Jambdebois, you seem almost ecstatic that DR , according to you, is "losing its standing in the global rearrangement". I thought you lived in DR. Why would you be so happy about that?
Unless you think Haiti is replacing DR in world rankings. Unfortunately Mon frere d'autre mere, Haiti's ranking in the world arrangements is not right below DR. It is WAY below in every possible category that measures advancement.
The island as a whole will benefit if both countries are moving forward. As of now haiti is no where insight of positive advancement. Ill will towards DR will not improve Haiti's outlook. And this obsession you have with our lighter pigmentation is really getting tired. Don't hate on us cause we defended our white population from your ancestors and thus have a generally lighter hue. As oppose to your forward thinking ancestors who killed their white people and are purebred of west African descent. Be proud of that purity, it makes you special.
Written by: zooma, 24 Jun 2013 7:50 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

The story was lost to some of the posters and some people bring into it an array of all sorts of ramifications of the USAID project, real or imagined. The article is about a USAID project to assist housholds/farmers in Haiti to improve harvests. It is not about Haiti divorcing the DR or vice versa or the politics of state sponsored economic competition or world ranking. It is about a program to help people to subsist and be self suficient, period !!!!
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