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■ The IDB ap­proved $60 mil­lion of non-re­im­bursable fi­nanc­ing to con­tribute to the rur­al pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and con­nec­tiv­i­ty ■
 
(IDB) — The In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB) ap­proved $60 mil­lion of non-re­im­bursable fi­nanc­ing to im­prove the food se­cu­ri­ty of rur­al house­holds, in­clud­ing farm­ers, fish­ers, seafood mer­chants, and rur­al work­ers of Haiti, by pro­mot­ing rur­al pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and con­nec­tiv­i­ty to rur­al mar­kets. The project will be co-fi­nanced with $18.3 mil­lion from the Glob­al Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­ri­ty Pro­gram (GAFSP).
The agri­cul­ture, fish­eries, and rur­al in­fra­struc­ture ac­tiv­i­ties pro­posed in the pro­gram will in­crease pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and in­come while pro­mot­ing the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of the crit­i­cal re­sources on which rur­al ben­e­fi­cia­ries de­pend.
The pro­gram will sup­port farm­ers’ adop­tion of agri­cul­tur­al tech­nolo­gies through tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, im­prov­ing food avail­abil­i­ty through in­creased pro­duc­tion, and food ac­cess through high­er agri­cul­tur­al rev­enues.
A menu of agri­cul­tur­al tech­nolo­gies has been de­vel­oped based on their food se­cu­ri­ty rel­e­vance, cli­mate adap­ta­tion po­ten­tial, and the en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty of dif­fer­ent crops. Farm­ers will have the op­tion to choose among these tech­no­log­i­cal pack­ages. This com­po­nent in­cludes ac­tions specif­i­cal­ly tar­get­ed to women and youth par­tic­i­pa­tion, with pack­ages tar­get­ed to women’s ac­tiv­i­ties to be in­clud­ed in the menu.
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The pro­gram will al­so sup­port around 65 fish­er and mer­chant as­so­ci­a­tions to adopt sus­tain­able prac­tices that will im­prove fish­ers’ food se­cu­ri­ty through im­proved pro­duc­tiv­i­ty while en­sur­ing the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of ma­rine re­sources. These as­so­ci­a­tions will al­so be able to ac­quire boats, en­gines, fish con­ser­va­tion, and pro­cess­ing equip­ment through a match­ing grant mech­a­nism.
Fi­nal­ly, through its rur­al in­fra­struc­ture com­po­nent, the project aims to im­prove road ac­ces­si­bil­i­ty and de­crease trans­porta­tion costs, pro­duc­tion loss­es and in­crease ac­cess to mar­kets through the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of rur­al roads. It will al­so in­vest in cli­mate-re­silient pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing fish land­ing in­fra­struc­ture and fish mar­kets, and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to lo­cal gov­ern­ment and fish­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions to en­sure sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions and the prop­er main­te­nance of fish­ing fa­cil­i­ties.
This pro­gram is aligned with the IDB’s Vi­sion 2025, which pri­or­i­tizes so­cial in­clu­sion and equal­i­ty, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and in­no­va­tion, eco­nom­ic in­te­gra­tion, and re­silience to cli­mate change. The funds will be dis­bursed over a five-year pe­ri­od, start­ing in 2022.
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About the IDB
The In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank is de­vot­ed to im­prov­ing lives. Es­tab­lished in 1959, the IDB is a lead­ing source of long-term fi­nanc­ing for eco­nom­ic, so­cial, and in­sti­tu­tion­al de­vel­op­ment in Latin Amer­i­ca and the Caribbean. The IDB al­so con­ducts cut­ting-edge re­search and pro­vides pol­i­cy ad­vice, tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, and train­ing to pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor clients through­out the re­gion.

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