With half of Haitians facing hunger, People’s Organization for the Development of Northeast Haiti (OPODNE) has asked USAID to redirect funds to help Haitian farmers with seeds and tools to plant this fall. Tell USAID Administrator Samantha Power to follow the lead of Haitians, not foreign contractors. The response to hunger begins with restoring the capacity of Haitians to feed themselves.
Dear Administrator Power,
As people of compassion and faith, we urge you to act on your stated commitment to local ownership by working through local farmers to respond to rising hunger in Haiti.
Under the banner, Let’s Plant Today So We Can Eat Tomorrow, the People’s Organization for the Development of Northeast Haiti (OPODNE) has asked that USAID redirect funds to help local farmers obtain quality seeds and affordable tools to plant for the fall growing season. They have not received a response.
Longer term, Haitian farmers need credit, secure land titles, agronomists to help adapt to climate change, irrigation, and better roads to get crops to market.
By working through foreign companies and NGOs rather than Haitian organizations, dumping surplus commodities on Haiti, and pressuring Haiti to lower tariffs on imported food, the U.S. government has undermined the capacity of Haitians to feed themselves. Today, USAID continues to provide tens of millions of dollars to foreign companies and NGOs to design and manage agriculture projects in Haiti rather than working through and following the lead of Haitian organizations, like OPODNE.
You must take a different, more sustainable approach that begins with Haitian farmers. As a first step, please follow the lead of Haitians, by redirecting USAID funds to seeds and tools for farmers to plant this fall. The response to hunger in Haiti must begin with restoring the capacity of Haitians to feed themselves.
Thank you for standing with the Haitian people in their struggle to survive and rebuild their democracy and economy. Faith in Action International supports grassroots faith-based community organizing in Northeast Haiti through Organisation Peuple Œcuménique pour le Development du Nord-Est. Through A Way Forward in Haiti, we are working together to prevent the spread of COVID in Haiti and bring equitable access to vaccines to the most vulnerable Haitians, while supporting efforts by Haitian faith and community organizations to restore democracy, rebuild their economy and promote sustainable community-led development. For more information visit www.faithinactioninternational.org
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