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#186 Planet Money: Haiti's Rice Market Is A Mess

June 16th, 2010

Episode 279 of 910 episodes

The people selling rice in Port-au-Prince say business is terrible. So we travel to l'Artibonite, Haiti's rice country, to learn more. There are lots of problems with Haiti's rice market. Since the earthquake, free rice from foreign aid groups has made it harder for Haitian farmers to sell what they grow. Even before the earthquake, they had a hard time competing with foreign rice, which is produced using high-output, modern farming techniques that aren't available in Haiti.

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