The following two articles are published in the October 2012 issue of Haiti Briefing, published by the Haiti Support Group in London, UK. The pdf of the issue (three pages) is attached.
Haiti's hunger games: Disastrous food policy bites hands that feed
Haiti Briefing, No.72, Oct 2012. Main Contributor: Phillip Wearne
One mamit (5.75lb tin) of rice? 150 Haitian Gourdes (about £2.24 or $3.57), up 50% since July. Corn meal? At 100 Gourdes per mamit, that has doubled in the past year. Beans? Well, they are only 210 Gourdes, a mere 40% increase.
It is a measure of the scale of the food price crisis that Haitians are now using the word goudougoudou - their imitation of the sound of ground rumbling in the 2010 earthquake - to denote hunger pains. Soaring food prices mean the hungriest country in the Americas is getting hungrier.