Agriculture In and Beyond the Haitian Catastrophe
Third World Quarterly
Rural-urban relations -- Haiti, Agriculture -- Haiti, Haiti Earthquake -- Reconstruction, Economic development -- Haiti, Peasants -- Political activity, Neoliberalism
Although the devastation from Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was concentrated in Port-au-Prince, it had deep agrarian roots. This paper situates Haiti’s urban poverty in the chronic exploitation of the country’s peasant classes as a basis for assessing the competing contemporary visions for agricultural development. We argue that the post-earthquake reconstruction has fortified a neoliberal development that is incompatible with the aspirations of the Haitian peasantry. Given the interrelated power of domestic elites and international donors, and the proliferation of disconnected development projects, we conclude that any prospect for pro-poor development hinges on the growth and collaboration of peasant movements.
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Steckley, M., & Weis, T. (2017). Agriculture in and beyond the Haitian catastrophe. Third World Quarterly, 38(2), 397-413.