The USDA 416-b Program (Part I) was awarded to CHF
in January 2001 and was completed in July 2002. It was a community-based development
program focusing on the agricultural infrastructure, managed through a “cluster
project committee” approach (REDI Methodology). The program was funded by United
States Department of Agricultural and managed by the Mercy Corps International.
As part of the USDA 416-b program, CHF administered a total amount of $930,000.
In coordination with REDI, CHF International designed and implemented this program
to construct/rehabilitate agricultural roads, rehabilitate public parks, plant trees,
subsidize seed distribution, construct and equip agricultural co-ops and dairy farms,
establish thyme farms, and construct and line three irrigation lakes. 43 projects
were completed for a total cost of $1.3 million, with $694,147 from CHF and $634,252
leveraged from partners, including local VCs, co-ops, and municipalities.