Crowdfunding campaign to combat food insecurity in Haiti & Antigua
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has launched a crowd funding campaign to assist vulnerable communities in Haiti and Antigua and Barbuda.
The project, titled #IJointtheIICAChallenge, seeks to secure food security in the communities whose problems have only increased due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The slowdown in global economic growth has had a severe impact on the region, highlighting its dependence on food imports. As a result of the pandemic, the agricultural workforce has diminished, restrictions on basic supplies have increased, and income has decreased, among other effects,” IICA said.
“These issues are further aggravated by climate change, prolonged drought conditions in the region, difficulties associated with the development gap between urban and rural areas, limited access to public services, a poor health infrastructure, wage gaps, gender discrimination, job insecurity, etc.”
The communities of Codrington and Burkes Sanderson will benefit in Antigua and Barbuda. A total of 55 people will directly benefit from the project.
IICA’s goal in Antigua and Barbuda is to improve the irrigation systems and strengthen local groups of farmers to make their production more sustainable and resilient.
In Haiti, the communities of Ducis, Les Anglais, Camp and Perrin y Bas Boen will participate in the program.
IICA will distribute sweet corn and black bean seeds among producers in Haiti.
One hundred people will benefit directly from the project while 150 persons will benefit indirectly.