In response to calls against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s plan to ship tons of peanuts to Haiti, a peanut-producing country, the USDA wrote the letter below. In it, the USDA describes how it has been working to ensure peanut aid programs do not saturate the internal market for native goods. In addition, it also says it is providing support and expert advice to help grow the entire agricultural industry within the nation.
Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text.
Letter From the USDA
Phil Karsting, USDA – Foreign Agricultural Service
The United States is committed to supporting the people of Haiti by helping to create jobs, boost incomes, reduce extreme poverty and ensure greater food security, especially for its most vulnerable citizens. Nearly one-third of Haitian children suffer from chronic malnutrition and stunting, and the food security situation has been compounded by the challenges of extreme weather. Severe drought associated with the 2015 El Nino has caused crop losses across much of the country and, as a result, national crop production is totaling less then 50 percent of the five-year average.
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