A Future for Agriculture, A Future for Haiti

What would it take to transform Haiti’s economy such that its role in the global economy is no longer that of providing cheap labor for sweatshops? What would it take for hunger to no longer be the norm, for the country no longer to depend on imports and hand-outs, and for Port-au-Prince’s slums no longer to contain 85% of the city’s residents? What would it take for the hundreds of thousands left homeless by the earthquake to have a secure life, with income?


Gold Fever: Artisanal and Industrial Extraction in the Nicaraguan Mining Triangle

March 2, 2010 James Rodriguez 0
Since 1880, güirisería, or artisanal mining, has been the main economic activity in the municipalities that make up the so-called mining triangle in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua. Artisanal gold extraction begins with the gathering of auriferous mineral from abandoned mines, external outcrop, or river sediments. This is done manually, sometimes with the aid of explosives.The current situation in the mining triangle, where industrial mining and güirisería coexist reinforces  high poverty levels and the deterioration of human and environmental health.



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