Haiti fears food crisis after storms

Storms have killed hundreds of people and destroyed much of the rice crop in the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, Reuters reported, sparking fears of a repeat of food riots earlier this year that brought down the government.

Christian Aid, a charity, estimates that roughly one-third of the country’s 60,000-tonne annual production of rice may have been ruined
by floods.

Malnutrition is widespread in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Riots in April over an increase in food prices killed at least five people.

Some critics have argued that international lending organisations helped worsen hunger in the country by pursuing free market policies
that undermined domestic rice production and turned the country into a market for US rice.

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