about land, what else? Until the Haitian government makes deals with private landowners to free up space for evacuees, all the complaints about tents, proper housing and the coming rainy season won’t mean much. Consider: tent cities turn into long-term cities and folks riot if they think land’s being unfairly appropriated. This March article provides an excellent overview of the land issue and identifies key decision-makers. (that’s what journalism does that blog posts typically don’t)
One US think tank advises using food aid money to buy all of Haiti’s rice for the next two years:
International donors have committed $5.3 billion for the next 18 months, or $3.53 billion on an annual basis. The cost of buying Haiti’s rice crop is therefore only 1.8 to 2.3 percent of international aid funds.
And the Haitian government and diaspora could take some cues from the Liberian government, which is working hard at tapping its diaspora for development.