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Eric Williams on the Haitian Peasant

We must not, however, be romantic about this question of peasant proprietorship. Peasant ownership, by itself, is no solution of the agricultural problem of the Caribbean. Haiti is the glaring example. The average holding is small, from three to six acres, and lots of one-fifth an acre are not uncommon. The method of cultivation is [...]
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Haiti: Independence

Thirty years ago, Haiti raised nearly all the rice it needed. What happened? Bill Quigley, The U.S. Role in Haiti’s Food Riots (April 2008). U.S. intervention in Haitian agricultural policy is not without precedent. Paisley Doods, “US rice doesn’t help struggling Haitian farmers.” Business Week (February 26, 2010).
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