On Tuesday August 10, former President George W. Bush visited a mango warehouse in Haiti where he meets with the owner and local farmers. Then Bush — who is co-leading a fund to help Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake, along with former President Bill Clinton — talked of rebuilding. He assertively said that mangoes will help the country “grow into prosperity” and spoke of a half-million dollar grant from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to help 25,000 mango farmers
According to NPR There are 10 million mango trees in Haiti, and tens of thousands of mango farmers scattered about the country. Mangoes are the Caribbean nation’s second-biggest export, behind coffee, and are a $10 million a year industry. Fruit industry leaders think they have the potential to blossom into a tasty, $90 million a year export business.
Haiti grows a specific variety that is indigenous to the country. Called the “Madame Francis,” it is juicy and sweet, and a bit fibrous.
In March, Coca-Cola announced a $7.5 million, five-year project to help mango farmers. The Atlanta-based beverage giant said it will invest $3.5 million in the project, with the Inter-American Development Bank also contributing an undisclosed amount.
With so many people pitching in mango farmers will get a sweet recovery.