Haiti’s Opposition Parties Draft a ManifestoLe Manifeste du Cap Haitien de 2012
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Convention of Political Parties, headed by former senator Turneb Delpe, held a national conference of 30 political parties and civilian organizations in Cap Haitien on Monday and Tuesday October 15-16 to formulate solutions to Haiti’s current crises and counter the Martelly-Lamothe regime as a united front. Together the political parties and civilian organizations drafted The manifesto of Cap-Haitien. UPDATE: Full text of manifesto included in French and English.

Let Them Eat SandUn sucre mêlé au sable vendu sur le marché dominicain


By Staff, AHP | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Dominican National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Proconsumidor) has sounded the alarm against consuming “Canaria” sugar imported from Brazil into the Dominican Republic (DR) by Casa SRL Chepe: a product marketed for two months in the DR and Haiti. (English | French)

Soaring Food Prices in HaitiFlambée du prix des produits de première nécessité sur le marché haïtien


By Ricardo Pierre Placide, Le Matin | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Over the past several months, Haitian households have faced an unprecedented 40% increase on average in the prices of essential commodities such as eggs, rice, sugar, and flour. (English | French).

Haitian Hot Cocoa
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. In Haiti, a freshly baked roll with a cup of hot cocoa is a typical dinner. We have the Aztecs and Mayans to thank for the elaborate process for manufacturing chocolate from the seeds of Theobroma cacao: “food of the gods.”

Peasants In Saltos del Guaira Demand Negotiations With Paraguayan Government


By Staff, Prensa Latina. Peasants throughout Paraguay are demanding negotiations with the government for land plots on which to live and work. In Saltos del Guaira (east) about 1,000 small farmers and their families were forcibly evicted by police on Monday August 6 from a farm occupied by a Brazilian citizen.



By Roger B. Swain, In Field Days: Journal of an Itinerant Biologist. Lyons & Burford, Publishers, New York, 1994. Central American animals that could have swallowed and excreted avocados include mammoths; toxodon, a rhinoceros-size mammal, without the horn, that was probably semi-aquatic; gomphotheres, elephantlike beasts with tusks in both jaws; glyptodonts, that weighed a ton or more, had a domed carapace, a heavy armored tail, and an armored head that could withdraw into the shell.

Standing Ovation and 11 Medals for Haitian Culinary Team!Onze médailles pour la cuisine haïtienne en Floride!


By Evens Prosper, HPN | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The culinary team that represented Haiti in the “Taste of the Caribbean” contest in Miami from June 20 to 24 won 11 medals for Haiti in several gastronomic categories, and Haiti received three consecutive minutes of standing ovation. (English|French)

Peasants In Nacunday Losing Patience With Paraguayan Government


By Staff, Prensa Latina. Thousands of peasants (campesinos) from the Ñacunday zone in eastern Paraguay have set a one-week limit for the government to hand over 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of land which they consider to be illegally held by agribusiness.

Cuba Adapts Crops to Tropical Conditions, Climate ChangeCultivos adaptables frente al cambio climático


By Ivet González, with reporting by Patricia Grogg, IPS. Cabbage, broccoli, carrots, onions and other vegetables resistant to pests and drought are being grown by researchers in Cuba, who for decades have been working to design plants adapted to the tropical conditions in the Caribbean region. (English | Spanish)

Cuba Safeguards Biodiversity to Guarantee Food SuppliesCuba busca garantizar alimentos bajo otro clima


By Ivet González, with reporting by Patricia Grogg, IPS. Small farmers in Cuba are involved in developing improved seeds from local stocks, to obtain good harvests under difficult environmental conditions. These efforts are backed by the Program for Local Agrarian Innovation (PIAL), which has benefited some 50,000 farmers, with the support of international development aid. (English | Spanish)

Subsidizing Haitian Farmers Into Chemical Dependency


By Staff (TB), Haiti Libre | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Local importers of fertilizers and the Haitian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday June 25, 2012 to fix a bag of nitrogenous fertilizer at $21 and sulfate fertilizer at $13. Chemical fertilizer is cheap now that it is subsidized. After the native strains of rice, corn, and other crops vanish, the fertilizer will cost its full price.

Trim the Fat from the US Farm Bill


Deseret News Editorial | Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Farm Bill 2012, currently before the U.S. Congress, has met more public outrage over subsidies than any previous farm bill. A quarter of U.S. farms earn over $100,000 a year, and the net income of all farms is about $91.7 billion, which is the second-highest level ever. Yet the government pays subsidies to some farmers whether or not they plant a crop, and the top 4% of subsidy collectors get 74% of all the funds.

Help Haiti’s Farmers, End Rice Subsidies


By Jacob Kushner, Global Post | U.S. Farm Bill 2012, Develop Trade Law | Environmental Working Group | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. U.S. Farm Bill 2012 could reverse a decades-long policy of agricultural subsidies that has undercut Haiti’s local rice production. Call for an end to all U.S. rice subsidies.