What a year. The soaring costs of food and fuel, political unrest, and natural disasters prevented any real progress toward food security. The international community tunes in and tunes out to Haiti’s struggle to feed itself. For now, there is attention. Two of the main tasks of the Haitian government and civil society in 2009 will be to begin reversing environmental degradation and reinvigorating the Haitian agricultural system. The challenges remain daunting, but are not insurmountable. There is much that we, as friends of Haiti, can do for a better year in 2009.
Haiti Support Group
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, a time to reflect and be appreciative. In the United States, the economy is weak and many Americans have lost their jobs and/or their homes. While many of us will know frustration and disappointment, few will truly experience hunger. For this I am thankful. However, let us not forget that there are many families in Haiti and elsewhere struggling to feed themselves. Even during the hard times, we can make a difference with the most modest contributions of time or money.