__________By 1996 Haiti was importing 196,000 tons of foreign rice at the cost of $100 million a year. Haitian rice production became negligible. Once the dependence on foreign rice was complete, import prices began to rise, leaving Haiti's population, particularly the urban poor, completely at the whim of rising world grain prices. And the prices continue to rise.
Your 4 points above.----- You are correct.
But, you omitted several other very critical factors.
That, from 1986 to 1996.---- When the Haitian government implemented these reforms in Haiti, that the United States gave A LOT of assistance to Haiti. To help Haiti in their reforms.
Here is a list of the very critical factors which you omitted.----
1. You omitted that during the same time period, the United States federal government gave Haiti a lot of economic assistance.
2. You omitted that during the same time period, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave Haiti a lot of economic aid.
The United States federal government pushed the IMF to do this.
3. You omitted that during the same time period, the World Bank gave Haiti a lot of economic aid.
The United States federal government pushed the World Bank to do this.
Haitis economic problems in 1996.---- One CANNOT blame the United States.
By 1996, Haitis problems (Especially economic problems) rests with their former prime minister, leftist Jean Bertrand Aristide.
The very incompetent & irresponsible planning & governance by the leftist Aristide administration.