On March 24, President Obama sent his request to Congress for a supplemental spending bill to support relief and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. The House of Representatives will soon vote on their version of the funding bill, which has the potential to include language that promotes local and regional food purchase in Haiti. The Senate version of the bill does not include this language.
The $2.8 billion Haiti supplemental bill provides a key opportunity to promote self-sufficiency for Haiti and its government. Right now we have a chance to pave a new way forward for U.S. food aid that supports local and regional agriculture over international agribusiness.
Congress has not yet passed this bill and the people of Haiti are still waiting. Congress must not wait any longer to vote in support of this funding, which must include support for Haitian agriculture.
Urge your Representative to move quickly to pass a supplemental funding bill for Haiti, which provides immediate relief and supports Haitian-led, decentralized recovery efforts.