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Assessment shows food insecurity still widespread in Haiti

The Haitian government and its UN partners have made significant improvements to alleviate the nation’s food insecurity, but the work is far from over. A recent assessment shows uneven progress across the country, noting that the areas least affected by Hurricane Matthew are now facing greater challenges of food insecurity. Part of the article is posted below. Click HERE for the original article. Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger Caribbean News Now! January 20, 2017 While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The UN World Food Programme released findings from a joint assessment conducted in December with the UN […]

Haitian Farmers File Complaint Against Land Grab During “Recovery” Efforts

A collective that represents hundreds of Haitian farmers filed a complaint with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) regarding the land grabs that occurred during the 2010 earthquake recovery efforts. This complaint was filed on the 7th anniversary of the earthquake, as Haitians continue to face the consequences of the creation of the Caracol Industrial Park (CIP) after the quake. Initially, IDB and Caracol promised to provide replacement land to the farmers who were displaced by the CIP but ended up, instead, providing a small cash compensation package. Now, the farmers are struggling to survive food and financial insecurity, particularly with the CIP being placed on the most fertile land in the area. The collective is seeking accountability and a remedy for the suffering initiated by the IDB and CIP. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. On […]

New State Department Report on Haiti Aid Lacks Transparency, Accountability

US Haiti Aid Reports to Congress Include “Incomplete Data,” Fail to “Link Projects and Outcomes,” New Review Finds State Department Reports Also Fail to Adequately Identify Mistakes and Lessons Learned December 20, 2016 Contact: Dan Beeton, (202) 239-1460 Washington, DC – A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) reviews reports released by the US State Department on contracts for Haiti aid and finds significant omissions and deficiencies, including incomplete data, a failure to link projects and outcomes, and a failure to adequately identify mistakes and lessons learned. The State Department reports are intended to comply with the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, which was signed into law in August 2014. CEPR and HAWG incorporated Haitian civil society feedback in their review of these reports. “The Assessing Progress in […]

Haiti’s trials just beginning as world shifts focus

Mark Schuller discusses the lack of response in Haiti post-Hurricane Matthew. From Haiti’s historic centralization to the agricultural crisis, Schuller highlights the need for a much stronger response. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. As The World Looks Elsewhere, Haiti’s Disaster Is Just Beginning Mark Schuller, Huffington Post November 7, 2016 I returned from my shortest trip to Haiti last week, back to DeKalb, Illinois, an agribusiness hub, hosting Nestle and Monsanto processing plants. Most cornfields have been harvested. The Cubs won the world series for the first time in 108 years. Another of Illinois’ home grown, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has an 84% likelihood of being elected the U.S. first female president in a couple of days, per the New York Times. Meanwhile Haiti is all but forgotten. A month ago, Hurricane Matthew ripped through […]

Four minute Boston CBS interview with IJDH’s Brian Concannon

Click HERE to check out the interview on Hurricane Matthew, why the death toll is so high, and how to help.

U.S. Peanuts to Haiti Likely to Have Adverse Effect According to Haitians

The U.S. government has a plan to send excess American-grown peanuts to Haiti to feed schoolchildren. For Haitians, this plan is likely to adversely affect the local economy by seeping into local markets and devaluing the already existing, economical peanut industry to negatively affect Haitian peanut farmers. Ted Oswald of the Huffington Post explains the reasons the U.S. wants to send over these peanuts, and why the Haitian farmers are so reluctant to receive this aid. Haitian farmers to the U.S. Government: “No to Free Peanuts!” Ted Oswald, The Huffington Post July 23, 2016 The USDA is planning to ship 500 metric tons of dry-roasted U.S. peanuts to Haiti to feed schoolchildren this fall. Ask Haitian peanut farmer St. Abel Pierre her opinion, and she’ll tell you: she’s worried, and she isn’t alone. Pierre is a lifelong resident of Kabay, an agricultural community set […]

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