Thursday, October 21, 2010

The People Outside, the rice growers of Haiti

While all eyes are focussing on the reconstruction of the urban areas of Haiti which were devastated by the earthquake, little attention has been paid to the needs of the country's agricultural sector.

Shackled by antiquated land-owning structures, regularly buffeted by hurricanes and flooding and undermined by subsidised American rice, Haiti's rice farmers face an uphill battle to secure a living.

As Haiti assembles plans for a post-earthquake future, the country's rice farmers are demanding reform of their industry in order to feed their families, and the country, in the future.

sound: Louise Williams, photos: Ronald de Hommel, Dublin/Paris oct. 2010.