GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The European Union will award a Caribbean trade bloc $11 million to help boost food production in the region and offset the cost of importing produce.
The money will be disbursed over four years and will target mostly small-scale farmers in Caricom's 15 members including Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The two countries account for most of the 26 million people expected to benefit from the agreement.
The EU said in a statement Saturday that there is not enough locally grown food and that farmers are not always paid well. The grant also aims to help the region meet health standards set by North America and Europe to allow farmers to export their produce.