Resilient Rural Belize Programme
The aim of the project was to provide financial and technical support for activities that would strengthen and promote appropriate agricultural practices and services for small–scale farmers in the Toledo district. The district is one of the country’s poorest, and it has a population of small farmers, including Mayan people. The district’s poorest people live mainly in isolated upland villages.
The project’s basic objectives were to:
- improve the incomes and living standards of people in the target group by bringing them into the mainstream of agriculture
- increase their agricultural production and productivity by providing them with access to technical packages
- strengthen local and regional institutions and reinforce extension and credit services
- build marketing infrastructure to improve the handling, processing and marketing of crops
The project was successful in introducing a relatively small number of small-scale farmers to sedentary farming, which favoured the expansion of mechanized rice cultivation. Through support from the project, farmers’ organizations gained some basic experience in self-management for development.
15 April 2018
2018 - 2024
Total Project Cost
US$ 20 million
US$ 8 million
National Government US$ 3.18 million