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50 Federasyon ak òganizasyon kanpe kont don pistach Etazini an

Reprezantan 50 Federasyon ak òganizasyon ayisyen pibliye yon deklarasyon kont don pistach Depatman agrikilti peyi Etazini (USDA) vle voye ane sa-a. USDA gen lentansyon voye 500 tòn metrik pistach ayiti, swadizan pou ede timoun ki grangou. Men ayiti deja pwodwi pistach, donk chajman sa kapab gen yon trè move efè sou ekonomi ayiti. Gwoup sa yo sonje jan masak kochon kreyòl yo ak chajman diri etazini te detwi ekonomi ayiti nan ane 1980 yo epi yo pa vle menm bagay la rive ak pistach yo tou. Yon pati deklarasyon an pi ba. Klike ISI pou li tout tèks la, e ISI pou wè siyati yo. DEKLARASYON OGANIZASYON POPILÈ SOU KOZE ENPÒTASYON PISTACH 20 jiyè 2016 Nou menm reprezantan 50 Federasyon ak òganizasyon, ki sòti nan 10 depatman yo e ki te reyini nan Montrouis sòti 10 pou rive 21 jiyè nan okazyon reyalizasyon […]

Why such strong opposition to the USDA peanut plan?

On the surface, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s plan to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to malnourished Haitian children may sound great. Those familiar with Haitian agricultural and economic history, however, are strongly opposing this program because shipments of rice to Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s all but destroyed the Haitian rice market. Many, including IJDH, have written letters and made statements on the risks of the USDA plan but right now, the USDA says that it will still make the shipment before school starts in the fall. Can continued advocacy stop this plan from going through? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. The US wants to give peanuts to malnourished Haitian kids. Why is that a problem? Amy Bracken, PRI’s The World May 11, 2016 For those unfamiliar with Haitian history […]

Why is everyone so worried about USDA’s peanut shipment to Haiti?

When the US Department of Agriculture announced a plan to ship surplus US peanuts to Haiti to feed malnourished children, there was an immediate and prolonged backlash. From Haitian farmers to economists to human rights groups in the US, many spoke out urging the USDA to reconsider, especially given the devastating impact US shipments of rice had on Haiti’s rice market and farmers. While the plan may sound generous on the surface, the USDA doesn’t seem to have done any market analysis or sought to make this plan sustainable without interfering with Haitian peanut farmers’ livelihoods. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dumping nuts Raymond C. Offenheiser, The Hill May 11, 2016 It’s a classic case of good intentions gone bad. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to dump 500 metric tons of […]

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 […]

Haiti’s Biggest Challenges Four Years Post-Quake

This article describes the four biggest challenges Haiti is still facing four years after the devastating earthquake–housing, hunger, disaster prevention, and cholera. FACTBOX – Haiti four years after the quake Anastasia Moloney, Reuters January 10, 2014 In a file photo, Orich Florestal (L), 24 and Rosemond Altidon, 22, stand on the edge of their partially destroyed apartment of Port-au-Prince on Jan. 9, 2011, a year after the earthquake that wrecked much of the capital. REUTERS/Allison Shelley BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Four years after a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti and killed more than 200,000 people, rebuilding efforts in the Caribbean nation have been held back by a series of natural disasters – from drought to hurricanes – along with a cholera epidemic. Slow reconstruction is compounded by donor fatigue, growing political instability and anti-government protests over high food prices […]

Eating Green in Ireland, and Brown in Haiti (IJDH)

This article by IJDH director,Brian Concannon, was originally published on March 17, 2008. By Brian Concannon, IJDH On St. Patrick’s Day in America, people dress in bright green colors, get into high spirits, and then sing sad songs about starvation and injustice. The songs do not kill the party, because the miserable conditions that drove the partiers’ ancestors across the Atlantic are no longer a threat in Ireland. But elsewhere, people still face the same hard choice between exile and starvation, most notably in Haiti, just 500 miles from our shores. And this time, we can actually do something to stop the tragedy. Many of the saddest Irish songs recall the Great Famine of 1845-1849. By 1845 Britain had controlled Ireland for centuries, during which the large British landowners (and a few wealthy Irish ones) had, with government help, pushed […]

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