In Chile, a Boost for Haiti’s Agriculture


Above: an irrigation channel in Haiti (IDB Photo/Paul Constance)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

A start-up company intending to bing innovation to Haiti’s agriculture sector is one of 101 companies to be elected into Start-Up Chile, the Chilean government’s innovation incubator programme.

The initiative, which gives equity-free seed money to chosen companies, is managed by Chile’s Ministry of Economy. Approximately 1,500 companies applied.

The company, Mache.A, is the brainchild of Haitian-American entrepreneur Saheed Badmus, who is looking to return investment to Haiti’s farming sector by making it more profitable.

Badmus, a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, created Mache.A as a mobile and web-based agricultural platform that helps connect small-scale farmers to organic retailers and processors by aggregating their supply.

Mache.A was a semifinalist at the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Competition.

Haiti has been working to modernize its agricultural policies and institutions of late, with a particular focus on improving the management practices of the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Haiti recently received a $15 million grant from the Inter-American Development Bank for that purpose.


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