Venezuela is sending more humanitarian aid to Haiti after food riots broke out last week in that country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. President Chavez dispatched a fleet of airplanes yesterday carrying 364 tons of food.
Last year, Venezuela created $20 million development assistance fund for Haiti aimed at investing in education, health care, housing and other basic necessities.
The cost of basic foods has risen across the globe, many countries are affected. Venezuela, a net importer of foodstuffs, also feeling the rise in prices of goods like rice and wheat. Bloomberg reports that President Chavez had warned last year that the shrinking availability of land for food production could spark “global unrest.”