Haiti has been suffering a multitude of disasters within recent years. In response, multiple countries have decided to support Haiti through financial, medical, and nutritional services. This, coupled with Haiti’s history of environmental and political destabilization, has resulted in a dependency on non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and foreign support. As a part of this aid, food has been provided as a means of emergency support. Throughout recent years, this food aid has continued even when the country was no longer in an emergency state. Since the 1980’s, exports have significantly dropped along with agricultural production, and imports increased. One of the main commodities that are imported into the country as a form of foreign assistance is rice.
Americans see themselves as a force for good in the world; many believe that richer nations like our own should help spread our material wealth with those in need, and provide stability to those whose lives are in turmoil.