5-4-10: Can Haiti Feed Itself?

May 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm 3 comments

Haiti used to farm enough to feed itself, but years of cheap food imports have decimated the country’s agricultural sector. A recovery plan from Haiti’s government would put millions into boosting agriculture, but can Haiti’s farms be revived?

Joining Sheilah to try and answer that question are Goucher English professor Madison Smartt Bell, who has written extensively about Haiti in fiction and nonfiction, and Associated Press Port-au-Prince correspondent Jonathan Katz.

Katz wrote about this subject for the AP back in March, shortly after former president Bill Clinton apologized for his role in promoting free trade policies that flooded Haiti with cheap American rice and devastated Haiti’s farmers.

Sheilah’s conversation with Jonathan Katz and Madison Smartt Bell went a good bit longer than we had time for on air, and it’s all worth a listen. Hear it all here:

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  • 1. Bill Brieger  |  May 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Hello – where is the link to Haiti’s Recovery Plan that was mentioned on this morning’s shop?

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