How food aid hurts developing economies

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This article by Mercedes White appeared in the Deseret News.

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti smashed buildings, killed thousands of people and decimated agriculture leaving 2.5 million Haitians with nothing to eat. But according aid workers, the disaster may also have fundamentally changed the way the developing world gets food.

“Decades of inexpensive imports — especially rice from the U.S. — punctuated with abundant aid in various crises have destroyed local agriculture and left [Haitians] unable to feed themselves,” reported the Huffington Post. “After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, local rice farmers were put out of business when markets were flooded with cheap American rice, sold to help fund the recovery effort,”

A recent article in The Economist outlines the scope of the problem in Haiti:

“More than half the population lives on the land, but still the country ships in half its food and 80 percent of…

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