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

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Download: Face à l’Opinion: Agronòm Jean-Claude Delicé, Charles Suffrard, Anderson Charles sou Refòm Agrè, 10 janvye 2000 (1)

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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: Senator Samuel Madistin on Corruption and Peasant Demonstrations in the Artibonite, 17 Apr. 1996

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Download: Face à l’Opinion: Senatè Samuel Madistin sou Manifestasyon Peyizan ak Koripsyon ODVA nan Latibonit, 17 avril 1996 (1)

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Outspoken and controversial Senator Samuel Madistin discusses the struggle and demonstrations of peasant farmers in the Artibonite who, since 1989, have lacked access to water for their crops. He blames inefficiency and corruption on the part of the Organisme du Développement de la Vallée de l’Artibonite (ODVA), Care, and PADF, which he describes as a “permanent plot against the peasants.” He also denounces the Plan National d’Éducation et de Formation (PNEF), because of a scholarship program that would require accepting loans from the Inter-American Development Bank that would not reinforce existing state structures. He criticizes privatization in general, especially as a condition of aid from the US. Madistin was a member of the OPL party, which at the time stood for Organisation Politique Lavalas. The following year, in 1997, it would break with Fanmi Lavalas and change its name to Organisation du Peuple en Lutte (Òganizasyon Pèp kap Lite). Interview Jean Dominique.

“Privatization and development are like milk and lemon. They don’t go together. They are like dogs and cats. That is my deep conviction.” – Samuel Madistin