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Haiti - Economy : Two new post-harvest centers for mangos
24/10/2010 09:31:42

Haiti - Economy : Two new post-harvest centers for mangos
The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced today the opening of two mango centers designed to raise the commercial value of Haitian agricultural produce and increase incomes for thousands of Haitian farmers. Trainers at the center will institute better packaging methods to protect the harvested mangoes from being destroyed or bruised and help ensure they’re clean and safe. They also will help produce adhere to requirements that enable them to enter foreign markets, such as traceability and verifiable origin. The centers are located in Cameau and Saut d’Eau.

Over 140 different varieties have been identified in the island, and because of Haiti’s different microclimates, mangoes can be produced almost all year round. Yet, despite this huge potential, there are still great challenges in getting the fruit from the tree to the market. Only one type of mango, the Madame Francis, is currently exported. Additionally, mango farmers have been losing an estimated 30-40 percent of their product post-harvest due to a lack of training and infrastructure. The centers will help reverse this trend.

"USAID is committed to helping strengthen Haiti’s agriculture sector and spur economic growth," said USAID Haiti Mission Director Dr. Carleene Dei. "We’re proud to support farmers and help make their products available to more people, including buyers overseas. These centers teach farmers how to better package and sell their produce, which will increase their marketability and raise incomes."

he centers were created through a new public-private partnership between USAID, CNFA® and agribusiness firm JMB S.A. to strengthen and support local farmer associations, including Mobilization to Save Agricultural production (MOSOPA) and the Agricultural Company for the Production and Marketing (SAPKO). The total budget for this project is about $250,000. The American people, through USAID, funded more than $174,000 while $75,000 in funds came from CNFA® and JMB S.A. The USAID project was implemented by CHF International Haiti.

The centers will help raise each farmer’s profitability by 20 percent. Each center will have 31 permanent jobs, giving 62 long-term employment opportunities in the area. The centers will increase the production capacity of 9,500 farmers – 8,000 in Cameau and 1,500 in Saut d’Eau.

About CHF International :
CHF International is an international development organization founded in 1952 that works in post-conflict, unstable and developing countries. We partner with communities around the world to help them to direct the improvement of their lives and livelihoods. We believe that the people best suited to decide what a community needs are the people of the community itself. CHF is a politically neutral, non-profit organization that prides itself on an approach which is accountable, efficient and effective. Funded by USAID, CHF has been working since 2006 to implement the biggest US Government funded infrastructure and jobs creation program in Haiti.

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