How We Screwed Haitians And Other Developing Nations

I wish i could say the following story is unusual. But it isnt. 

We have a political, moral and economic colonialism alive and well in our governments intractions with developing  nations. Both through AID, and economic activity with an insistance on something being adopted, accepted, or bought into. 

Colonialism, insisting  that our values and societal structures are adopted, is alive  snd well. Justin Trudeau is a colonizer the likes of which we have not seen for some time. Thankfully he fails at some of his colonization efforts. 

This post builds on the previous post, so you may wish to read that also here

I’ll let this story stand without much commentary other than to say the USA certainly secured a lucrative piglet supply and pig feed contract for themselves in Haiti.  

“I recomend we read this following section to see how our meddling often screws over locals because we insited American was better. 

“The history of the eradication of the Haitian Creole pig population in the 1980s is a classic parable of globalization. Haiti’s small, black, Creole pigs were at the heart of the peasant economy. An extremely hearty breed, well adapted to Haiti’s climate and conditions, they ate readily available waste products, and could survive forthree days without food. Eighty to 85% of rural households raised pigs; they played a key role in maintaining the fertility of the soil and constituted the primary savings bank of the peasant population. Traditionally a pig was sold to pay for emergencies and special occasions (funerals, marriages, baptisms, illnesses and, critically, to pay school fees and buy books for the children when school opened each year in October).

In 1982 international agencies assured Haiti’s peasants their pigs were sick and had to be killed (so that the illness would not spread to countries to the North.) Promises were made that better pigs would replace the sick pigs.

With an efficiency not since seen among development projects, all of the Creole pigs were killed over a period of 13 months. Two years later the new, better pigs came from Iowa. They were so much better that they required clean drinking water (unavailable to 80% of the Haitian population), imported feed (costing $90 a year when the per capita income was about $130), and special roofed pigpens. 

Haitian peasants quickly dubbed them as “prince à quatre pieds,” (four footed princes). Adding insult to injury, the meat did not taste as good. Needless to say, the repopulation program was a complete failure. One observer of the process estimated that in monetary terms, Haitian peasants lost $600 million. There was a 30% drop in enrollment in rural schools, there was a dramatic decline in the protein consumption in rural Haiti, a devastating decapitalization of the peasant economy, and an incalculable negative impact on Haiti’s soil and agricultural productivity. The Haitian peasantry has not recovered to this day.

Globalization: A View from Below. BY JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE

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