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Fault LinesViews across Haiti's Divide$
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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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Children of the Land

Children of the Land

Small Farmers and Agriculture

(p.63) 8 Children of the Land
Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the sorry state of agriculture in Haiti. It begins with an overview of the village of Jean-Rabel, one of the poorest areas in the country, and Piatre, where peasants hail from rebel slaves and maroons. It then looks at the rural population, 67 percent of whom live in extreme poverty. It also discusses the government neglect of the farming sector, citing the paltry budget of 7 percent allocated to agriculture. Finally, it considers the demands of the peasant movement from the government, including land reform, government help for production, assistance in marketing, restrictions on food aid in the medium-to long-term, and a ban on biofuel crops.

Keywords:   agriculture, Haiti, Jean-Rabel, Piatre, peasants, poverty, land reform, food aid, biofuel crops

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