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Haiti to improve agricultural productivity and reduce vulnerability to flooding
Published on December 13, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of a $25 million grant for a water management program in the Artibonite basin in Haiti.

The grant will help Haiti decrease crop, livestock and infrastructure losses caused by flooding and at the same time increase its agricultural productivity.

The Artibonite basin is a strategic economic region for Haiti, representing 25 percent of its territory and accounting for 80 percent of the country’s rice production. In the Artibonite Valley downstream, the country’s largest irrigated district, the annual value of the agriculture production amounts to more than $57 million. But in the long run, the Valley faces serious challenges of erosion, flooding and in securing water for irrigation.

The water management program will therefore act in two areas: financing an adequate water and sediment management infrastructure and strengthening the current water resources governance framework.

The program is expected to reduce by 80 percent the value of the annual agricultural damages and help increase by 30 percent the productivity of rice yield. This will benefit Haiti’s economy in general and the over 285,000 people living in the basin.
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