44 imagesHaiti Food Security While all eyes are focussing on the reconstruction of the urban areas of Haiti which were devastated by the earthquake, little attention has been paid to the needs of the country's agricultural sector. Shackled by antiquated land-owning structures, regularly buffeted by hurricanes and flooding and undermined by subsidised American rice, Haiti's rice farmers face an uphill battle to secure a living. As Haiti assembles plans for a post-earthquake future, the country's rice farmers are demanding reform of their industry in order to feed their families, and the country, in the future.
16 imagesIn Port au Prince graffiti artist Jerry Moise Rosembert is the only graffiti artist of Haiti. You can find his social-political images all over the walls of the capital. We went out with Jerry one night to find a wall for him to tag with his trademark images. Jerry cuts a fine line with his images by portraying the suffering of Haitians without directly criticising anyone in power. He doesn't speak out against individual politicians, but many of his images imply criticism of the way the country is run. 'All those parties they never do anything for the country,' he says. 'If you want to help the country, help it with your heart, not by getting played by a system.'
109 imagesAt the turn of the 19th century, Port au Prince witnessed a blossoming of ornate architecture - taking a bit of style from New Orleans and some inspiration from Europe, Gingerbread houses started to be built by the city's nobility. They are characterised by a grand sweep of stairs to the front, generous terraces with views of the city and the sea as well as peaked attic rooms in the roofs. The ceilings are high, the wooden doors are curved at the top - Gingerbread architecture makes for cool elegant homes in Haiti's stifling climate. These houses are made mostly of wood with a small amount of brick, and they've proved surprisingly resistant to the shocks of January 12th's earthquake. So who lives there now and how did they survive the earthquake? Viviane Gaulthier is a 92 year old dancer still running her own dance studio in her elegant Gingerbread house overlooking her neighbours' ruins. Patrice Pamphile has moved into the garden to sleep in a hut beside his family home, bereft of all its contents thanks to a series of violent armed robberies but intact despite the January 12th earthquake.