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#2072: Re: #2063/ Re: #2032/Free trade and Haiti: Heinl asks..... (fwd)
The discussion has been informed and learned. In the short term, though, with
achievable measures, is there any way that Haiti could realistically grow
enough to even meet 50% of its needs? I'm sure that if the Artibonite (also
Plaine du Nord, Plaine du Sud) were organized so that the inefficiencies of
small scale farming were reduced, hillsides terraced, land disputes
resolved, the numbers would improve, but these are all MEDIUM if not LONG
TERM measures. Even more basically, IF all these giant steps were achieved
and Haiti became as agriculturally efficient as China or India, would the
output be enough to meet its needs? There must be some hard numbers somewhere.
The urban dweller, already pushed to the wall, would have little sympathy
with the argument that he was paying more for rice or whatever so that his
brother in the Artibonite could survive. A depressing prospect.