Thursday, July 20, 2017

Japan grants $3M for purchase of U.S. rice to Haiti

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Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Japan granted $3 million [USD] to Haiti on Thursday for the purchase of U.S. rice as part of a food security agreement the two countries have with each other.

Pierrot Delienne, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Yoshiaki Hatta, Ambassador of Japan in Haiti signed a Grant Agreement for the Food Assistance (KR) project for 2016.

As part of this project, the Government of Japan will make available to the Haitian Government, as a donation, 350 million Yen ($3 million). This amount will be used to purchase rice, which will be sold at preferential prices by the Office of Monetization of Development Aid Programs (BMPAD) to stabilize the local market.

The Government of Japan expressed its desire to see the donation benefit the many affected families to prevent hunger and improve the nutritional status of the country along with the development of agricultural capacity.

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