The central plains of Haiti were once the bread-basket of the country, irrigated by a system of canals fed by two rivers and a natural spring. But after years of neglect coupled with deforestation in the region, the canals are now filled with rubbish and sewage and have become a breeding ground for diseases such as cholera. After a series of serious crop failures, Nathaniel Bailey of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection visited the community of Bas Groman to discuss ideas to help improve their harvest.

Among the solutions suggested were the clearance of the canals to remove all rubbish ...


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