Dominican Republic: workers on organic farms get UN support

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29 June 2011, Azua

A programme involving the Food & Agriculture Organisation, the International Labour Organisation and other UN agencies is working with small-scale organic farmers' organisations to support workers' children in the Dominican Republic's Azua region. Although the programme is focused on improving the value chain to benefit farmers, part of it is also funding community development. This week two homework help centres were opened to benefit the children of workers employed in the small banana farms in the area.
Labour Minister Max Puig and ILO representative Dabeyda Agromonte inaugurated the centres in Finca 6 and Los Tramajos in buildings donated by organic banana farmers' organisations Aprobana (Finca 6 producers' association) and Cooprobata (Taino banana farmers' cooperative). The centres will cater for 100 children who have little or no space to study in their own homes. The project was co-funded by local NGOs Fundación para el desarrollo de la Mujer (Fundemuni) and ODESA.

At the opening of the centres, the Minister took the opportunity to congratulate those involved in producing the fruit for having made the country the world's leading exporter of organic bananas.

Source: Diario Dominicano, Santo Domingo, 29th June