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Haiti - Agriculture : Colombia will help the Haitian coffee growers
30/11/2011 13:46:33

Haiti - Agriculture : Colombia will help the Haitian coffee growers
Colombia, in partnership with the IDB and the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC), announced yesterday, on the sidelines of the forum "Invest in Haiti", its support to a cooperation effort in Haiti, to strengthen the culture of Haitian coffee as an instrument of poverty reduction.

Led by the Multilateral Investment Fund, this program will benefit to over 10,000 small farmers over a period of 3 years. Colombia will contribute for an amount of USD$120.000 aimed at mobilizing the technical capabilities of the FNC. The National Federation of Coffee Growers, which represents more than 500,000 peasant families in Colombia, intends make benefit of Haitian coffee growers of best practices in coffee production, reforestation and food security.

uis Alberto Moreno, IDB President praised the Haitian coffee, and expressed confidence about the opportunities that will bring this cooperation agreement. For his part, former President Clinton, praised the choice of the FNC and the IDB to invest in coffee production in Haiti, that he considers competitive in the international market.

The multinational company Nestlé, the largest food company in the world, in partnership with the IDB and the MIF will provide for free new seeds and seedlings to coffee growers in Haiti.

This cooperation is the second initiative of the Government of Colombia, which since 2010 has provided more than $4 million for the reconstruction of Haiti.

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