Building Back Better? The Caracol Industrial Park and post-earthquake aid to Haiti
Five years after the earthquake, a new report from international aid agency ActionAid reveals how a US-backed industrial park, paid for with disaster relief funding, has evicted food-producing farmers from their land in Haiti.
An ActionAid investigation shows how more than US$170 million of US emergency aid money to Haiti was used to finance the Caracol Industrial Park, which was built on prime agricultural land in northern Haiti, far outside the disaster zone. A total of 366 families and 720 agricultural workers lost their land and livelihoods with only a few days’ notice to make way for the park.