Haiti launched nation-wide banana production projectStaff writer ▼ | August 22, 2013
During the next twelve months an analysis will be conducted in the country to determine banana production potential. The goal is to develop a large scale banana operation that will serve as a foundation for the sector and to open new possibilities to growers.
The new banana project is the result of collaboration between Haiti Originale, the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Dole Food Company was a technical adviser. This program epitomizes the concept of Private-Public Partnerships (PPP) which should result in the reemergence of a private-sector industry in Haiti.
Haiti Originale was established following the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake to provide a platform for sustainable development and to create jobs in Haiti. In addition to project development and investment promotion, Haiti Originale promotes Haiti and its products through the use of its par Haiti - pour Haiti (from Haiti - for Haiti) logo, allowing both consumers and market partners to recognize that the purchase of Haitian agricultural and manufactured products provides Haitian farmers.
Haiti Originale already launched high quality Haitian coffee in selected Whole Foods Markets in Florida and partnered with the Walt Disney Company to create a Haitian garden and marketplace during Disney's 75-day International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. ■