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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 […]

How can Haiti regain its independence?

Though Haiti gained its independence in 1804, one can argue that Haiti began to lose that independence less than two decades later when it was forced to start paying France back for lost slaves and property. Almost immediately after Haiti finished paying that “debt” in 80 years, the U.S. military occupied the country for 19 years. Haitian leaders also took advantage of the insecurity, sometimes with the help of foreign countries. This author argues that the only way Haiti can regain its independence is to rid itself of the constant foreign help and take matters into its own hands. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Only Haitians can save Haiti Joel Dreyfuss, The Washington Post August 24, 2016 Joel Dreyfuss is a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. Haiti won a rare victory on […]

PIH Asks USDA Not to Dump Peanuts in Haiti

A few weeks ago, the US Department of Agriculture announced a new plan to send 500 metric tons of US peanuts to Haiti to help with Haiti’s hunger crisis. The problem with this plan is that Haitians already grow their own peanuts and have a large peanut industry. In the past, US products like rice have undercut the Haitian market and left Haitian farmers unable to sell their crops and feed their families. Partners in Health has joined calls for the USDA to drop this plan and find a better way to help Haiti. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. No to ‘Dumping’ Peanuts in Haiti Partners in Health April 29, 2016 A statement from Partners In Health: The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a deal to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts grown in […]

International Community Pushes Haitian Elections By Reducing Aid

At a time when Haitians are particularly vulnerable due to a drought and ensuing food shortages, the international community is withholding aid and donations. Throughout the electoral process, international actors have been urging Haiti to hold elections as soon as possible, despite rampant fraud and other problems with the elections. Now that Haiti has a transitional government which is set to end on May 14, the international community is upping the pressure to hold elections, even though many Haitians are calling for a verification of the previous rounds. As one Haiti expert puts it, “International assistance has always been ‘political,’ so this is not really new. Dependent countries like Haiti have very limited room to maneuver; their sovereignty is always at bay.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. As Haiti Political Crisis Deepens, International […]

Martelly’s Presidential Candidate Seized Land from Peasants

Jovenel Moïse, the alleged presidential frontrunner in Haiti’s fraud-filled elections, is widely known as “the Banana Man” for his work with an exporter called Agritrans before he joined the race. Interviews with peasants living in the area where Agritrans is located reveal that the Banana Man didn’t have the positive impact that he claims. Many of these peasants have been kicked off the land by Agritrans and lost their livelihoods. Some remain homeless and without the jobs that Agritrans promised it would create. Many fear that if Moïse becomes president, the situation for peasants will get even worse. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Fraudulent Presidential Frontrunner Seizes Land for His Own Banana Republic Beverly Bell, Other Worlds January 21, 2016 The only man running in Haiti’s fraudulent presidential election run-offs on January 24, […]

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