It is almost one year since the devastating earthquake in Haiti that shook the global community. Millions of dollars of aid has been given to the already poor nation, but has this been enough for Haiti to regain some sort of stability?
Many will argue that relief programs, such as USAID, have done their job and improved conditions for the victims of the earthquake. However, is this really correct? While USAID programs, run by the U.S. government, have made Haiti’s agriculture a major focus in the relief effort, it may be missing the point. Giving money to farmers is a start, but the entire focus should be shifted to the heart of the problem: the fact that Haiti largely imports crops that it could easily furnish itself. Eighty percent of Haiti’s export revenue goes to importing certain foods that domestically, it would get for much cheaper. The answer is putting the funds in place where they help the nation to be self-sustaining, rather than depending on other global superpowers and thus entering a cycle of poverty. While this is easier said than done, the first step is to understand that Haiti has greater potential to grow with self-reliance on domestic products.
By: Carolyn DeSiena