Peasants, the State and Deforestation In Haiti’s Last Rainforest

This dissertation analyzes important changes occurring in a remote Haitian village, which I call Malfini. This case study illustrates current problems facing the Haitian peasantry, focusing on the political relationships that are at the heart of these problems. The three changes are an increased economic stratification among peasant farmers, an increased use of wage work instead of traditional labor organization and a rapidly disappearing environmental base due to erosion and loss of soil fertility. Malfini is located on the margins of the last remaining rainforest in Haiti, and continued environmental degradation will result in a severe loss of Haiti’s biodiversity.