Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Farmers wary of hybrid maize seed imports

By Tequila Minsky, Caribbean Life News They marched from an agricultural training center in Papay that experiments with different methods of growing local food crops and trees. Their straw hats read: Aba Monsanto – down with Monsanto and Aba Preval – down with Preval as the 8,000 – 10,000 peasants walked four-plus miles on June 4 (the day before World Environment Day) claimingthat the government was misleading them with seed donations from U.S. multinational company, Monsanto. Haiti’s agricultural sector is huge and in need of seeds, tools and agriculture infrastructure support, but is systematically ignored. Monsanto is donating 475 tons of maize to Haitian farmers in cooperation with Project Winner, a USAID initiative, which aims to increase the country’s agricultural productivity, the Agriculture Ministry said. The donated seeds are hybrid and farmers fear they are being given seeds that will […]

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