Face à l’Opinion: Agronomist Jean-Claude Delicé, Charles Suffrard, Anderson Charles on Agrarian Reform, 10 Jan. 2000

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An experiment in agrarian reform under the government of René Préval was short-lived but it carried the hopes of thousands of landless peasants. Following the devastation of Hurricane Georges in 1998, the government undertook land redistribution, drainage, dredging, irrigation and credit projects. However, the project faltered in part amid long-standing distrust of ODVA (Organization for the Development of the Artibonite Valley) by peasant farmers, as ODVA was historically seen as representing the interests of landowners rather than those of small farmers.  It also faltered because of accusations of patronage and favoritism.  In this interview, one of many done by Radio Haïti about agrarian issues, agronomist Jean-Claude Delicé (the general director of ODVA), and two members of small farmers associations, Charles Suffrard and Anderson Charles, discuss the goals and challenges of this agrarian reform project in the Artibonite Valley. Interview Jean Dominique.

Face à l’Opinion: Anderson Charles, Jean François Germain, and Anosthène Eliscar on Peasant Organizations and Agricultural Policy in Haiti, 17 Jan. 1996

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Three members of peasant organizations, Anderson Charles, Jean François Germain, and Anosthène Eliscar, discuss agricultural policy, the current situation of peasant farmers in Haiti, their dreams and goals, and the resources available to bring those dreams to fruition. They discuss, in particular, the problems facing national agricultural production as it is threatened and undersold by cheap imports from abroad, waste of resources, the abuse and exploitation of peasant farmers by big landowners, the seizure of peasant land and questions of land ownership, violence against peasants by the army and the National Police of Haiti (PNH), and the peasantry’s role in participatory democracy under Aristide. Interview Jean Dominique.

“If we had a private sector that was truly patriotic or nationalist, and would work on these things, it would let people take a break and breathe. That means creating a plan both for the peasant sector, and for city people, and we will be able to grow more food to eat, and in that way, we will no longer depend on imports from overseas.” — Jean-François Germain