Why is Haiti so poor?

Newsweek posted an interesting interview with Michele Wuker of the World Policy Institute about the reasons for Haiti’s crushing poverty. She mentions US military intervention, along with farm subsidies and food aid, as being a big part of the problem. She said of Haiti’s devastated agriculture industry:

As for Haitian farmers competing with U.S. imports, it raises the larger question of how the U.S. subsidizes its farm industry and dumps surplus crops in the form of food aid. This practice has done a lot of damage in Haiti and other developing countries. For Haiti to sustain its own people, it needs to rebuild the roads and infrastructure needed to transport crops internally.

Here’s an informative video from the Heritage Foundation on farm subsidies.

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