Government hails Rural Economic Development Initiative's success

Date Published: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 12:30pm
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The Government has hailed the success of the World Bank-funded Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), which was implemented locally by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) from January 2010 to July 2017.The US$15 million programme, which was pivotal in facilitating improved market access for micro and small-scale rural agricultural producers and tourism projects, was geared towards reducing poverty by increasing potential earning opportunities for persons, particularly in rural communities. Speaking at the recent closing ceremony/symposium for the REDI project at the Mona Visitors' Lodge in St Andrew, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Horace Chang, said the partnership facilitating the initiative's implementation has resulted in effective and meaningful changes in the beneficiaries communities.