NPR, Haiti, Economics, and Paul Farmer

Recently NPR posted an interesting interview with one of the world’s leading medical and development experts, Paul Farmer, on how storms are devastating an already beleaguered country, Haiti.

Farmer argues that the colonial practices of the Spanish and then French stripped Haiti of its trees, leaving bare its hills, to cultivate luxury items that we now take for granted, including sugar and coffee. Today Haitians remain impoverished, often still working in the same trades as centuries before.


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