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Ministry of Economic Development and Resilient Rural Belize celebrate successful IFAD mission in Belize

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2024. 3:40 pm CST.

Press Release

The Government of Belize welcomed a team from the International Fund for Agriculture and Development’s (IFAD) Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) as a part of their engagements with Small Island Developing States (SIDS), namely Belize and Grenada, from May 7 to 24. Mr. Kouessi Maximin Kodjo, IOE Lead Evaluation Officer, led the field mission in Belize alongside Ms. Madison Rose, IOE International Consultant; Ms. Deima Sanchez and Mr. Gomer Enriquez, National Consultants. The team conducted studies on projects implemented by or through Resilient Rural Belize (RRB) and its partners, ensuring adherence to IOE quality standards, including reporting processes.

The team used semi-structured interview guides to conduct meetings and interviews with IFAD’s programme stakeholders, including country teams, national and international partners, implementing agencies, project staff, and the beneficiaries (producer organizations) across all six districts of Belize. Through these activities, the team gathered information aligned with the evaluation methodology outlined in their approach protocol. It also allowed the IOE to observe project achievements and better understand Belize and other SIDS, particularly regarding key vulnerabilities related to social, economic, and climate change impacts and how these factors influenced IFAD’s programme. Lastly, this initiative evaluated the contributions of IFAD to the RRB Programme, mitigating these issues.

Given the significant investment and the ambitious goals of the RRB Programme, robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are crucial. These processes ensure that the program’s objectives are met and benefits are equitably distributed among the targeted rural communities.

Agriculture is a significant economic driver in Belize and farmers have benefited substantially from a US$20 million loan and grant financing package from IFAD, the Green Climate Fund, and the Government of Belize. This funding is allocated to RRB, a six-year initiative managed by the Ministry of Economic Development. RRB aims to reduce the impacts of climatic and economic events on rural small farmers, enhancing their resilience and sustainability.

The Ministry of Economic Development and the Resilient Rural Belize team extend their deepest appreciation to IFAD for its ongoing support to Belize and to all stakeholders who participated in the mission meetings. The mission was a success, with all objectives fully met, given the openness and engagement of the stakeholders.

 

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