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Ministries of Infrastructure and Finance sign Memorandum of Understanding for rural road construction under Resilient Rural Belize Programme

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Ministries of Infrastructure and Finance sign Memorandum

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2021. 5:52 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Infrastructure Development & Housing (MIDH) and the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment on Tuesday, October 12, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for rural road construction said a press release by the Government of Belize Press Office.

“The MOU was agreed through the Management Unit of the Resilient Rural Belize Programme (RRB) which is aimed at making small farmers more resilient to climate change.”

On November 30, 2018, the Government of Belize (GOB) signed an agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for a loan and another one with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), for a loan and grant. Both agreements were for the implementation of the Resilient Rural Belize Programme. The RRB’s objectives are to make smallholder farmers resilient to climate change “by adopting climate-resilient practices, increase and diversify production; and facilitate their access to commercial market chains for the off-take of their surplus production”.

The memorandum between both ministries, which is in line with the policy of the Government of Belize in promoting collaboration among public institutions, has formalized a partnership for advancing the implementation of the RRB component on Investments in Rural Roads Improvements.

The roads to be improved are a two-mile section in Trio in the Toledo District, two miles from Santa Cruz to San José also in the Toledo District and 14.6 miles from San Felipe to San Carlos in the Orange Walk District.

“This MOU with implementing partners as stipulated in the IFAD loan agreement and GCF loan and grant agreement, will allow the MIDH to partner with RRB for the design and supervision of rural road construction,” said the Press Office. “This collaboration will also ensure the maintenance of the investments to be funded by IFAD under RRB.”

The MOU was signed by Victor Espat, MIDH CEO, and Dr. Osmond Martinez, CEO of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment.

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