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Zika virus reaches Haiti

January 15, 2016
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Zika virus reaches Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has confirmed the first case of the Zika Virus in Haiti. PAHO’s Communicable Disease and Health Analysis director Marcos Espinal, who made the announcement yesterday, warned that there are many people who will contract Zika without knowing it. But he said there...
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FAO extend by one year its program – Farmer Field School

January 12, 2016
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FAO extend by one year its program – Farmer Field School

Haiti Libre: Because of its economic and agricultural potential but also the high rate of food insecure people and its vulnerability to climate hazards, including drought, the Department of Northeast is the subject of special attention of the Organization United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Union (EU) that have introduced...
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IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE-Haiti’s Gold Problem- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

January 11, 2016
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IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE-Haiti’s Gold Problem- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

by Devesh Rasgotra , January 11, 2016 Haiti’s hidden gold may hold the key to alleviating its socio-economic issues; however this will be dependent on political stability and the absence of crony capitalism. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and its economy contracted by more than 5% following the devastating 2010...
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IDB brings $2,4M to the SMASH program of the BRANA

January 9, 2016
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IDB brings $2,4M to the SMASH program of the BRANA

Haiti Libre.com Friday, in the Étoile du Nord in Carrefour Vincent (Drouillard), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), and the National Brasserie d’Haiti SA (BRANA), have joined the sorghum farmers to celebrate the integration of the IDB to the program Smallholders Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti (SMASH),...
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Zika Virus Appears in Puerto Rico

January 2, 2016
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Zika Virus Appears in Puerto Rico

(CNNsucks)Health officials in Puerto Rico reported the island’s first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus recently linked to the rise of a serious neurological disorder among newborns in Brazil. “There is no reason for alarm, and the public should continue to take commonsense steps to avoid mosquito bites,” Puerto Rican Congressman Pedro Pierluisi said...
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Contribution to the egg industry in the economy

December 30, 2015
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Contribution to the egg industry in the economy

Haiti Libre.com In Haiti from 2010 to 2015, intensive egg production has increased fivefold, from 50,000 to 250,000 layers or approximately 1 million to over 6 million eggs per month. Haitian Production offers a very advantageous quality products, producers arriving to compete imported eggs that are in most cases the result of dumping and...
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Florida officials to spray for mosquitoes due to rain, heat

December 25, 2015
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Florida officials to spray for mosquitoes due to rain, heat

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Wet, hot and itchy – welcome to Christmas in South Florida, where the heavy rains and abnormally high temperatures are prompting county officials to spray for mosquitoes on Friday. Miami-Dade County is nearly 10 inches above normal, while the South Florida Water Management District shows Palm Beach County...
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Economie: Une fin d’année 2015 totalement morose

December 24, 2015
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Economie: Une fin d’année 2015 totalement morose

La fin d’année 2015 se révèle totalement morose pour différentes couches de la population en Haïti, avec une hausse inconsidérée du coût de la vie. La vie chère, comme l’appellent les citoyennes et citoyens, dépasse la mesure… A l’approche des fêtes de fin d’année 2015, plusieurs familles du pays, notamment dans la capitale Port-au-Prince,...
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“The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti

December 24, 2015
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“The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti

Members of a peasant organization heading to a community meeting to discuss their rights. (Photo: Roberto (Bear) Guerra) By Natalie Miller and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds | Interview An interview with Nixon Boumba, Democratic Popular Movement (MODEP) and American Jewish World Service. Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target...
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Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus

December 23, 2015
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Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazilian health officials are dishing out some unusual advice these days: Don’t get pregnant. That’s the message for would-be parents, especially in the country’s northeast, after officials linked a mosquito-borne virus called Zika to a surge in newborn microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can result in incomplete brain development. “It’s a...
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What Haiti Taught Me About Seed Choice

December 9, 2015
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What Haiti Taught Me About Seed Choice

Jillian Etress Jillian Etress is a high school agriculture teacher, farmer’s wife and mother from South Alabama. Haiti’s poor are resorting to eating “mud cookies” — made of dirt, salt, and shortening – for survival. While sitting in my baby’s future nursery, compulsively folding and refolding baby clothes in a final fit of third...
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Sean Penn Announces Haiti Reforestation Project

December 8, 2015
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Sean Penn Announces Haiti Reforestation Project

By Alexa Gray, Contributing Editor How much power and influence do celebrities have in today’s world? One would argue, a significant amount, and with great power comes great responsibility. Actor Sean Penn, has demonstrated (yet again) that his organization J/P HRO (Haitian Relief Organization) is committed to using power for good. On Monday, Sean...
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Advocates: Haiti needs debate about risks of gold mining

December 7, 2015
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Advocates: Haiti needs debate about risks of gold mining

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) David Mc Fadden” Haiti risks human rights violations and increased environmental degradation if gold mining proceeds in the impoverished country without an informed population and a strong system of safeguards in place, according to a report issued Monday by U.S. legal experts. The mineral extraction industry has been mostly dormant in...
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Bye, bye, bananas

December 5, 2015
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Bye, bye, bananas

(Amy Sancetta/AP Photos) In the mid 1900s, the most popular banana in the world—a sweet, creamy variety called Gros Michel grown in Latin America—all but disappeared from the planet. At the time, it was the only banana in the world that could be exported. But a fungus, known as Panama Disease, which first appeared in Australia in...
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Honduras, Myanmar & Haiti top of climate change risk list

December 3, 2015
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Honduras, Myanmar & Haiti top of climate change risk list

Photo: dpa-tmn (AFP) Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti top a new list of nations hardest hit by two decades of storms, floods, landslides and droughts that killed more than half a million people, climate analysts reported Thursday, warning of more frequent disasters if Earth’s overheating cannot be tamed. Scientists point to the mounting threat from...
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Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus May Lead to Fatal Brain Infection

December 1, 2015
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Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus May Lead to Fatal Brain Infection

Photo Credit: Getty Images The brain infection mostly affects infants and elderly ones and even lead to death as well. A mosquito-borne virus is spreading fairly quickly among U.S. citizens and it can lead to a severe brain infection and even deaths in feeble ones, a new study suggests. The study was focused on...
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Researchers Genetically Modify Mosquitoes to Be Malaria-Resistant

November 29, 2015
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Researchers Genetically Modify Mosquitoes to Be Malaria-Resistant

An Anopheles stephensi mosquito, in flight, pictured in 2005. Scientists at UC Irvine have inserted a gene into the Anopheles stephensi mosquitos, genetically engineering a resistance to the Malaria virus, preventing its spread through mosquito bites. Hugh Sturrock/Wellcome Images Malaria will strike more than 200 million people this year, according to the World Health...
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Painful Chikungunya Virus Can be Worse Than Feared, Study Shows

November 28, 2015
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Painful Chikungunya Virus Can be Worse Than Feared, Study Shows

An aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. USDA via AP file Chikungunya, a painful, mosquito-borne virus that’s spreading fast across the Americas, can be more serious than feared, researchers report. They found it can cause a serious brain inflammation called encephalitis far more frequently than reported before. That’s bad news for Latin America and...
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Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) launch of our new U.S.-based strategic partner, Impact Farming.

November 12, 2015
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Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) launch of our new U.S.-based strategic partner, Impact Farming.

At theClinton Global Initiative in September it was announced that the SFA and Timberland had fulfilled their joint pledge of planting 5 million trees in Haiti in 5 years. While making the announcement, Chelsea Clinton also highlighted the exciting news that the SFA will have its first commercial product on the shelves at more...
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