Appeal to President Martelly to Help Save Haitian Agriculture, May 2011

We, the undersigned, are concerned by the introduction into Haiti of products made by the transnational company Monsanto and call on the new government to take steps to protect Haitian agriculture from them.

We ask the government to:
1) Forbid the sale of Monsanto products through the country, especially GM
seeds and poisonous chemicals (such as Roundup) associated with them.
 
2) Cancel the agreements signed by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in
Miami in December 1994 (under pressure from the Clinton administration) abolishing import duties on farm products, which speeded up the collapse of Haitian rice production and also large-scale emigration from the countryside to the cities.
 
3) Revive Haitian agriculture by gradually reducing imports of farm products,
helping banks and credit institutions make very low-interest loans to buy farming inputs and encouraging creation of local seed banks.
 
Port-au-Prince, 14 May 2011 (President Michel Martelly's inauguration day)
 
First signatories (alphabetical order)
Corinne Audoyer (Grospierres, France)
Jean-Claude Bajeux (former minister of culture)
Beverly Bell (coordinator, Other Worlds, New Orleans)
Eric Brandfass (International Action Ties, Grass Valley, CA)
Huguette Dejean (teacher, Brooklyn, NY)
Dr Lise-Marie Dejean (former minister for women's affairs)
Nicole Dejean (secretary, Port-au-Prince)
Edith Raymonvil Germain (National Congress of Papaye Peasant Movement --MPNKP)
Marie Yolene Gilles (Port-au-Prince)
Chavannes Jean-Baptiste (Papaye Peasant Movement -- MPP)
Rosnel Jean-Baptiste (Tet Kole Ti Peyizan)
Jean Martinel Louis (Committee to Revive Duvivier -- KRD)
Francois-Marie Michel (Radio Samba, New York)
Father Jean-Yves Urfie (Holy Spirit Order priest, Furcy)
 
If you want to support this campaign, please send your e-mail address to agriculture.haitienne@gmail.com giving your name, job and where you live. Please let us know if you need more information.