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Haitian Rice
Haiti
Haiti is the poorest country in the west
In the 1980's nearly all of the rice consumed in Haiti was grown within the country.

But after pressure from the international community, the Haitian government cut the tariffs it charged on imported rice. This meant the country opened up its markets to foreign imports.

Now this tiny Caribbean country has been flooded by cheap rice from America. Cheap imports which have been made possible because of the huge subsidies the US government gives its rice farmers.

This has driven down the price of the locally produced rice - and led to serious consequences for the 20 per cent of the population who rely on rice for their living.

Malnourished

Haiti

Despite being one of the most open economies in the world, Haiti is now the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

According to Oxfam, some rice farmers have had to leave their land in search of work in neighbouring Dominican Republic.

They say that many have had to take their children out of school because they can't pay the fees. And people are going hungry.

And as many as 50 per cent of children in Haiti are malnourished, with the highest rate in the rice-growing areas.

There are strict rules for importing food into the UK. For details please visit the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.

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