The Clinton-Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) was founded on a recognition that (1) economic growth cannot be sustained in the absence of clean water and sanitation, adequate nutrition, and quality health care; and (2) economic growth ultimately is driven-and sustained-by market demand.
Defined by these realities and by the importance of agriculture in CHDI's partner communities, CHDI has taken steps to:
- Improve farmers' productivity by expanding their access to fertilizer, disease-resistant seeds, irrigation systems, advanced planting techniques, and micro-credit
- Cultivate domestic and international markets for agriculture produce
- Help develop value-added agricultural products
- Address transportation costs and other impediments to cost-effective trade
- Expand access to clean water and sanitation, particularly in health facilities and schools; and
- Strengthen rural hospitals and health clinics in collaboration with Partners In Health, the Boston-based organization co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer.
CHDI looks forward to continued collaboration with the Governments of Rwanda and Malawi. Additional programs may seek to strengthen farmers' associations; develop storage options for agricultural surplus; supplant imports with home-grown goods; develop agri-businesses such as, food oil processing, tomato processing and cassava starch production.
Possible partners include buyers of agricultural produce and processed food products; agri-businesses; manufacturers and distributors of fertilizer, seeds, irrigation systems, and other agricultural inputs; clean water and sanitation operators; transportation firms; construction firms; renewable energy providers; financiers and micro-credit lenders; health care professionals; and other agents of economic growth.