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2 July 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Former US president Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra have set up a supply chain enterprise to improve yields and the quality of peanut farms in Haiti.
The Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation aims to establish a network of service depots throughout the Central Plateau and Northern regions of the country to provide farmers with training, supplies, and a market for their harvest.
Five depots are already open, with plans to set up another 35. The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership said it will help improve the livelihoods of 12,000 smallholder peanut farmers.
Speaking during a visit to one of the depots, Giustra said: “The Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation is modelled after the success of a similar supply chain enterprises we have launched in Latin America and India and illustrates a replicable solution that has the potential to alleviate global poverty.
“We’re very excited at the potential it has in Haiti not only to increase the yield and productivity, but to scale up Haiti’s peanut supply chain to meet the growing regional demand for peanuts without relying on imports.”
Clinton added: “The enterprise partnership model will connect thousands of farmers to high-quality supplies and help them improve their incomes and livelihoods.”