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Haiti - Agriculture : FAO donates $500k for the Bas Northwest - Haitilibre.com

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Haiti - Agriculture : FAO donates $500k for the Bas Northwest
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            The United States has agreed to give Haiti $500,000 of agricultural aid to the regions of Haiti that have been effected by the recent drought. This money will be able to go towards the distribution of resources and help Haiti get back on it's feet from the devastating loses that the drought has created.

             Even though this isnt a large sum of money, it will definitely hep Haiti get things back in order, especially considering that agriculture is a huge export for the country and the droughts are already putting them very behind on their supply, so this aid will allow for Haiti to more focus on recovering the crops and resources from the drought and getting trade back in order because they don't have to spend as much time or money on making sure that the people aren't starving...at least any more then they already were.

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US threatens to pull aid to Haiti over late vote - The State

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US threatens to pull aid to Haiti over late vote
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The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that none of the money set aside for the Haitian government by the State Appropriations Act will be available until the U.S.
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            This article discusses the current issue that the united states is threatening to pull out of $300 million of financial aid to Haiti if the country does not hold proper elections. The elections are at least two years overdue to what Haiti agreed upon to the US.

           This is simple to me, really. Haiti, you need to hold the elections. While I personally don't think it is America's business to control a countries government unless it directly effects the US, Haiti cannot afford not to receive that financial aid. Plus, if this was an agreement that the government of Haiti came up with with the government of the US, then Haiti is absolutely under obligations to uphold this election. Haiti is drowning in it's financial struggles and I don't even know if this aid from the US would make  large impact, but it will definitely hurt Haiti way more if they didn't get the aid. Just hold the elections Haiti. The people want a democratic nation, and you will be better off for it.

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Perfumers promote fair trade for Haiti's 'super-crop'

Perfumers promote fair trade for Haiti's 'super-crop' | Developing Country-Haiti | Scoop.it
LES CAYES, Haiti (Reuters) - With the sun barely up, beads of sweat already dot the brow of a barefoot farmer as he hacks at the soil with a pickax, digging up a precious root that has been dubbed Haiti's (Perfumers promote fair trade for Haiti's ...
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            A plant called Vetiver has roots that many foreign companies have been putting in their perfume is beginning to gain more recognition and attention. The plant has been referred to as a low-key agricultural miracle in Haiti because the plants grow incredibly well in Haiti and it has been created many jobs. This article also goes on to explain the appeal of the root and why it grows so well in Haiti, but the important focus is its economical positives.

             Right now, the plant seems to be in high demand but so far, this plant has been sold to the companies buying it for next to nothing. Honestly, I think they could sell it for more. Now, they don't want to get cocky, because there are plenty of other good smelling products out there, but even just the slightest increase could really add a boost to Haiti's economy. The agricultural commodity has brought a lot of jobs to Haiti because it is so simple and cheap to produce the plant, and if there was more income then even more jobs could be created and that would do wonders for the state of this country.

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USDA Helps Haiti Measure Agricultural Production - USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

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USDA Helps Haiti Measure Agricultural Production
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With the help from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the U.S.
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           This article explains the new system of measuring agricultural production in Haiti and how it will allow Haiti's agricultural production to be run much more efficiently. Before, there was virtually no organization, as Haitian officials would just ask for reports form the 10 agricultural regions, and this was neither efficient nor standardized.

            I believe that this will really help Haiti grow economically because agriculture is a big export and income for the country. Having a more efficient way to run the system, Haiti will not be wasting resources, or creating shortages/surpluses from lack of information, so they will be able to gain the most profit from their business. Plus, the more efficiently the agricultural regions are run, the cheaper the prices will become, allowing for more jobs and for more people to purchase the products, stimulating growth, and overall increasing the real GDP.

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Haiti - Economy : Prime Minister impressed by the National Brewery plant - Haitilibre.com

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Haitilibre.com Haiti - Economy : Prime Minister impressed by the National Brewery plant Haitilibre.com National brewery (BRANA), producer of the Prestige beer in Haiti (acquired by Heineken Group), which has invested $ 20 million in the...
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            This was a short article describing how the Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe,  visited the largest brewing company in Haiti. The article stated that Lamothe was very impressed by the growth the company has seen and it's large economic contribution.

            This company is very important for the Haitian economy. Not only has it brought in $20 million in investment from the Heinenken group already, but Heinenken has promised to invest up to $100 million over the next five years. These investments add a huge increase into the Haitian economy, and it will help stimulate spending, therefore buying, and therefore increase the economy from it's current disaster. The brewery also has composed 1,200 jobs, which has been filled with 99% Haitians. Seeing as the unemployment rate in Haiti is about 40%, these jobs are highly welcomed. While  many more jobs will be needed to truly decrease such high rates, this company is an encouraging start, and hopefully the positive changes that will come about will influence the government to fund more of such companies. 

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$90 Mil Later U.S. Failed to Build Enough Housing in Haiti - Judicial Watch

$90 Mil Later U.S. Failed to Build Enough Housing in Haiti - Judicial Watch | Developing Country-Haiti | Scoop.it
More than four years after an earthquake devastated Haiti, the U.S.
Erica Shrader and Elliot Allen's insight:

           Since the earthquake in Haiti, America has but forth $90 million dollars towards the relief and hep for reconstructing Haiti. However, the money has been sent through and controlled by the very corrupted USAID. Most of the money over the last few years has either not gone towards the relief of Haiti or has been spent on unneeded and failed projects. The goal originally was to build 4,000 houses on $35 million dollars by this time, and not only was that  a miscalculation in cost, but so far, less then 1,000 house have been built.

            This issue is less about Haiti, and more so the US government figuring out there ish, but it completely, and directly effects Haiti. The economically status of Haiti was completely depending on this relief providing for them, considering the fact that the country can barley afford to feed 40% of it's population, and since they were expecting this relief they haven't been budgeting for everything that has been needed. What I suggest is that the Haitian government works directly with the the US congress, none of this USAID middleman crap, in funding the rest of the aid and giving Haiti the help it desperately needs.

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Haiti - Tourism : Things are moving everywhere ! - Haitilibre.com

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Haiti - Tourism : Things are moving everywhere !
Erica Shrader and Elliot Allen's insight:

           New hotels are being created in Haiti as tourism is picking up in the country. The country is starting to try and add a new emphasis on the historical side of Haiti as well as support for the Miss Haiti/Universe/World pageant that Haiti has been doing fairly well in in years past. The new hotel will hopefully allow for more tourism and add more money into the economy.

           I definitely trying to increase tourism in Haiti is a good idea, and a noble goal. That being said, I don't know how applicable it will be, While yes, tourism has increased, I don't know how many people are truly interested in traveling to Haiti for summer vacation. Despite the advances, it still has a shaky government, very poor income, and is still largely damaged from the earthquake in 2009. I think that the country needs to focus on some major TLC on decreasing poverty levels and homelessness before it should put any more focus in trying to increase tourism because, first off, that is just very very needed in general, and secondly, that is what will really help Haiti increase the tourism. In order to create the demand they need to create the appeal so that Haiti can become similar to that of the Caribbean Islands and Hawaii.

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A Small Tablet Company Brings High-Tech Hopes To Haiti - NPR (blog)

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A Small Tablet Company Brings High-Tech Hopes To Haiti
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Haiti has struggled to rebuild since a devastating earthquake more than four years ago.
Erica Shrader and Elliot Allen's insight:

            A new Tablet-making company is being developed and set in Haiti. Aiming to increase the amount of exports that the country has, the company, Surtab, hopes that this new tech will bring new wealth to the poorest country in the Caribbean. These tablets will rang from $85-$285 depending on the upgrades. There are some issues, however, seeing that Haiti is such a small, and out of the loop country, sometimes production can be put to a halt for days on a small technicality of needing a signature.

            If this new company manages to root itself more permanently in Haiti, and figures out how to keep the necessary people in the country to sign the necessary papers, I think this company will be very beneficial to Haiti. It will create new jobs, and hopefully increase exports from $800 million to something closer to the $3 billion imports it takes in. Now, of course, a lot more needs to be done then just building one tab company, but it will be a good starts in motivating the economy, and also helping Haiti transfer into the higher tech era, which, in this day and age, is very essential to the success of a country.

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Haiti - Education : The new Minister of Education at work - Haitilibre.com

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Haitilibre.com Haiti - Education : The new Minister of Education at work Haitilibre.com Thursday Nesmy Manigat, the new Minister of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP)...
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 This was a really short article talking about the future of higher education in Haiti. The new Minister of Education in Haiti called a meeting with many of the important groups in the country and discussed rebuilding the education system. Haiti looks like it is moving in a positive direction with their education system, but they have very few resources.

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President Martelly Revives Haitian Military

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March 11, 2014 —  After two decades in the shadows, the military is back: Haitian President Michel Martelly has followed through on a campaign promise to reconstitute the Haitian military. The new force launched its first operations this February.

Erica Shrader and Elliot Allen's insight:

           Haiti in the mid-1900s was a country overrun by violence and military intervention. When Haiti gained it's first democratic president, he was over thrown in less then a year by a military coup. The Haitian Military was originally disbanded in hopes of gaining more stability in the country and begin transferring to a democratic government that is more permanent this time. Since the country has no foreign threats, the people are confused and concerned as to why the president has chosen to recreate the Haitian military.

           This could also potentially lead to some serious economic problems seeing as the government is planning on putting forth $95 million to the new military that most citizens don't even want. The fear is that the military will induce violence and cause major instability again, and while Haiti isn't exactly stable right now, military coups and government dishevelment will cause confusion in who exactly is ruling  this country. Haiti cannot afford to lose almost $100 million dollars, and while the new military could create more jobs, I think the money could best be put forth creating new jobs that don't scare the residents and in fields that will better the production of the economy, and more importantly education, because even though Haiti has over a 4.5 million workforce, 80% of that force didn't make to high school, and maybe 2% has gone onto college related schooling. This creates a highly unskilled, and therefore inefficient, workforce, and if the president would focus on improving literacy rates to above 50% instead of creating an unneeded and unwanted military, then Haiti might have a better chance at improvement.

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