HAITI: Island of Hunger

Even in the best of times the tropical Caribbean island nation of Haiti has severe problems feeding itself. More than 80% of the country's 5 million people live on tiny farms. Agricultural techniques are generally primitive; in some areas plows and draft animals are unknown, and the unfertile limestone terrain is cultivated with hoes and machetes. When it rains in Haiti, the corn and beans flourish and the people eat. When drought comes, as it has with increasing frequency over the past two decades, crops shrivel in the arid soil and people starve. The Haitian government believes that nearly 300,000...

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