Haiti: Hope for a Better Life Essay

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Haiti is located in the Western Hemisphere below the equator. The country of Haiti is the western half of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. East of Haiti, sharing the same island, is the Dominican Republic. Haiti’s capital is Port-au-Prince. While Haiti is not a large country, its population is just over ten million people. The people of Haiti speak French and Haitian Creole, a form of French. Natural disasters have harmed the environment and the people in Haiti in recent years. Haiti has survived a lot of trauma, especially along the costal regions. The country has a long journey of recovery ahead while Haiti works through the ramifications of deforestation, earthquakes, and poor water systems. Haiti is the poorest country in…show more content…
Yasmine Shamsie, the author of “Haiti’s Post-Earthquake Transformation: What of Agriculture and Rural Development?” writes: The…global food crisis, in 2008, caused Haiti’s food prices to spiral up, leading to severe hardship and political unrest. Agriculture and food security suddenly became central concerns. This was followed…by the 2010 earthquake, which devastated the country’s capital, producing a more powerful incentive to generate economic opportunities outside the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. (p. 134) Any government would find addressing a global food crisis in order to feed their people difficult. An earthquake is an event which challenges government leaders in any country. Any one of these events would be hard enough to handle by itself, but the people had an even harder time recovering because these events happened within two years of each other. The country did not have time to recover from the food crisis before dealing with the earthquake fallout. Natural resources or industries were needed to improve their situation. There was, and is, a great need to enhance economic opportunities for the people of Haiti. Creating products to export would ameliorate Haitian economy. Some products they currently export are coffee, vanilla, machetes, and souvenirs. Vendors in souvenir shops sell paintings on rocks, cigarettes, wall paintings, and clothing. The government regulates the exports which bring money into the country.
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