What ever happened to UN Special Envoy Clinton's promises to the farmers who supply the sugar mill in Darbonne when he visited last June? The mill is still languishing.
Each worker in Haiti cares for an average of 8 people. Since the Darbonne mill has 250 employees and currently works with over 1,000 farmers, the revitalization of the Darbonne Mill translates into the participation of over 30,000 farmers, resulting in a direct positive economic impact on over 240,000 people. If successful, the sugar mill will reduce food imports by 10 percent and reduce South American sugar imports by as much as 40 percent.
Money for this project would demonstrate real progress and would go a long way toward getting the Haitian agricultural economy up and running and removing the obvious stranglehold of foreign interests.
visited the Darbonne mill in May and can tell you that it rivals any mill
currently operating in Louisiana. More than that, the pride of operation speaks
volumes about what Haitians can accomplish on their own if only given the
Support the Haitian private sector and stop the influence of dueling NGOs, spare us all of the interminable reports, and help move Haiti forward. All that is lacking is real commitment on the part of the international donor community.
NGOs must stop operating as corporations. Only by putting themselves out of business by actually solving problems can they claim success.