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Brazil and the United States donate US$ 500,000 to IICA project in Haiti

  March 18, 2010

The Brazilian and the U.S. Missions to the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that their governments, as a sign of their commitment to Haiti, have each donated $250,000 to support Haiti's spring planting season, which begins this March and accounts for 60 percent of Haiti's food production. The donation will be used to fund a soil preparation project to help in Haiti's most immediate and critical planting season, during the next 8 weeks.

The operation jointly funded by Brazil and the U.S. will be managed by Haiti's Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, with the technical assistance of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA).

The project will cover 6,000 hectares in the areas of Plaine du Cul de Sac, Plaine Arcahaie , Region Goavienne, Bas Plateau Central and Plaine Gonaïves, and will benefit approximately 12,000 rural families.

The IICA is the specialized agency for agriculture of the inter-American system and responds to the mandates of the OAS Member States. Its mission is to support the Member States in their pursuit of progress and prosperity in the hemisphere through the modernization of the rural sector, promotion of food security, and development of an agricultural sector that is competitive, technologically prepared, environmentally managed, and socially equitable for the people of the Americas.

Reference: E-076/10