The Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, committed US$354,500 to a partner project with AgroFrontera. The project will work with eight organizations of small-scale producers (including rice farmers, fishermen, and a women's clamming association) to improve incomes while promoting sustainable practices. All of these producer associations operate on the coast of the Monticristi province and their practices have direct impacts on the health and sustainability of the region's rich mangrove ecosystems. In addition to providing habitat for an incredible array of fish, birds, plants, crustaceans, molluscs, and marine mammals, mangroves sequester an estimated ten times more carbon than tropical forests - a phenomenon known as blue carbon. Read more at the Acento and Fomin press releases.