The scale of agricultural training offered by the compact MCC has been impressive, but the real highlight is the enduring results of the training more than a year later. Given that the MCC model provides that sustainable development measures and outcomes (in this case a farmer with much higher incomes) are at the forefront of project design, MCC sees its investments prosper well over a year later. After MCC`s training funds and spotlights left the Honduran landscape, Juan Carlos continues to develop his family`s income. It has an ongoing agreement to sell its products to Wal-Mart in Honduras and plans to use its increased revenues from this agreement to expand its international operations and exports, and will continue to grow until it achieves this goal. For other donors, people knew the drugs had arrived, but they did not see results. We had to convince people to adapt to the Millennium Challenge, which works with different and stricter rules. The MCA has given us a model for a seamless program, and it has also convinced people that the work they have done must be of the highest quality to move forward. With the MCA, all projects were linked and well thought out. It was about helping farmers produce a good product and then teaching them business skills so they have a solid foundation to build on. In our 16-year history, the MCC has licensed only a handful of compacts, but these are the ones that unfortunately seem to be at the centre of persistent misinformation here in Sri Lanka. This is both our Malagasy compact, which ended in the third year due to a political coup, and part of our Honduras pact, which also ended following an undemocratic change of power in 2009. Apart from the direct impact on the agriculture and transport sectors, the MCC will also be a source: OECD/CAD database – ODA is official development assistance.
In Madagascar, the land reforms financed by the MCC have resulted in the free rental of 1.3 million hectares of arable land for 99 years to a foreign private company to export products, since the clauses and provisions of the MCC pact are not subject to Malagasy legislation. In other words, national sovereignty, security and politics are exhausted. Although the Agricultural Business Investment (ABIP) project and the Land Tenure project have shown positive results in some areas of project activity, the ABIP and Land Tenure projects did not achieve all the results for the periods – year 3 and 3 months of the first year 4 before the coup d`état of 17 March 2009. The coup in Madagascar took place 18 months before the finalization of its pact. Although MCA-M continued to implement some projects, the complete shutdown took place in May 2009. In September 2009, MCC paid Madagascar $80.8 million of the $110 million compact amount. Of this amount, $13.8 million of the $17.7 million was paid for the ABIP project and $26.4 million out of $37.8 million for the Tenure project. MCC spent approximately $26.6 million through farmer training and development.