Brazil’s Fisherwomen Mean Business

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 03:00
In Vila Castelo, a small town in the Brazilian state of Pará, fisherwomen are learning the ropes of fiscal management and entrepreneurship  Traditional fishing does not differ much today from what it has been since biblical times—a boat, a net, and a few men. Wait. Men? Maybe it has changed after all. At least in Vila Castelo, a tiny fishing village in Brazil’s state of Pará, women fish alongside men. 

How Land Titling Can Boost Access to Credit for Farmers in Ecuador

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 03:00
For more than 70 years, the Herrera family has owned and farmed 300 hectares in the municipality of Pimampiro in northern Ecuador. The family had a deed for the land but it provided few details about the exact property lines, which areas had been set aside as protected areas, and in which parts farming was allowed.

Better Irrigation and Training to Improve Crop Yields in Artibonite

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
Since she was a child, Marie Bertha Alexis, a 55-year old rice farmer, dreamed of improving the lives of her friends and neighbors. She knew the only solution would come from the land in her native Artibonite river valley, Haiti’s principal agricultural region. But her efforts were stymied by decaying irrigation systems and lack of knowledge on how to best grow crops such as rice.

Learning What Works to Boost Agricultural Productivity in the Dominican Republic

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
In the Dominican Republic, the agricultural sector’s share in the economy has been in steady decline because of slowing productivity. Over the past two decades, the sector’s share has fallen from 12 percent to 7.6 percent of gross domestic product. This has constrained the government’s efforts to improve living conditions in rural areas, home to a third of the population, half of them living below the poverty line.

Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 03:00
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.

Life Skills Count

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 03:00
Going beyond technical training to make at-risk youth employable There are 32 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean—one in every five youth aged 15-29— that neither work nor study. In order to prepare these young people for workplace success, job training programs need to go beyond technical instruction and also teach “life skills,” such as communication, reliability, and teamwork.

Haitian firm becomes Caracol Industrial Park's second tenant

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 03:00
Peintures Caraïbes plans to produce paint for the domestic market and to export to CARICOM countries CARACOL, Haiti – In a ceremony led by President Michel Martelly, Haitian paint manufacturer Peintures Caraïbes Tuesday signed a contract to become the second tenant of the Caracol Industrial Park, a project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United States government.

Haiti agriculture: growing investments

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 03:00
Highlights from rural development projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank in Haiti Agriculture remains a key sector for Haiti, as half of its population lives in rural areas. Together with other donors, the IDB supports the Haitian government’s national agricultural plan, which seeks to address the sector’s structural problems. The IDB’s sector knowledge and experience from before the earthquake define its comparative strength and to make the sector a continued priority over the next four years.

Youth and Employment: An Educational Disconnection

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 03:00
Schools are disconnected from job market demands in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to an IDB study Responsibility, communication, and creativity are some of the interpersonal skills demanded in today’s labor market. Yet young people in Latin America and the Caribbean aren’t developing these skills in school, according to an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study released today.

Two Years On, Haiti Turns a Page

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 03:00
As it approaches the second anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti is determined to show the world that it is “open for business”