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REBUILDING IN HAITI

Earthquake after earthquake keep Haiti trapped in a cycle of devastation and recovery. Help send lifesaving aid today.

Haiti is one of the most food-insecure places in the world and faces chronic poverty. On a good day, electricity, running water and health care are scarce. Then, when the country was still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010, the latest quake hit in August 2021. The tremors and subsequent landslides damaged roads and bridges, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and plunged more Haitians into hunger.

Today, nearly half the population of the impoverished Caribbean country need immediate food assistance.

4.3M

4.3 million people will face severe hunger in 2022

3rd

Haiti ranks 3rd on the 2020 Climate Risk Index

22%

22 percent of children are facing chronic malnutrition

See How We're Supporting Haitians

The United Nations World Food Programme has been working in Haiti since 1969 and, with the government, works to provide sustainable solutions to hunger.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas
School Meals

WFP feeds 300,000 children in over 1,000 schools. It’s the country’s largest food safety net, and the Government is on track to take over the program by 2030. WFP sources as much food as it can from local farmers.

Photo: WFP/Marianela Gonzalez
Prepared Stockpiles

WFP works with the Haitian government to set up emergency radio communication centers for emergencies. We pre-position food before hurricane season, covering the needs of up to 300,000 people for a month.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas
Food for Assets

With this program, participants are given food in exchange for their work on community projects such as roads, dams and irrigation networks. In 2020, 36,000 people participated in these resilience projects.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas
Nutrition

WFP is currently providing emergency food and cash assistance to more than 150,000 people who have been affected by a prolonged drought and the deterioration of the economic situation since 2018.

CRISES ON TOP OF CRISES

Natural Disasters

In the past two decades, Haiti has been rocked by severe storms, landslides, drought, earthquakes and hurricanes. The frequent natural disasters make it nearly impossible for families to grow enough food to feed themselves.

Source: Learn About the Impact of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti in 2016 Photo: WFP/Bertin Meance

Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases spiked dramatically in Haiti from May into June, 2020. The pandemic worsens a regional situation where economic shocks, erratic climate, displacement and insecurity have already taken a heavy toll. In February 2021, we organized emergency food distributions in the North as part of a large scale project commissioned by the Haitian Government. The project aims to reach 735,000 people affected by COVID-19 with food rations and cash transfers.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

Political Upheaval

Haiti’s ongoing political turmoil erupted in September 2019 as tens of thousands of Haitians took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The protests quickly turned violent and the security situation has remained precarious since. Gang violence, road blocks and political gridlock have led to a spike in hunger and made it difficult to deliver humanitarian aid.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

Poverty

Haiti is the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region, with nearly 60 percent of the population living in poverty. About two thirds of the poor live in rural areas. The COVID-19 crisis is putting a further strain on vulnerable families, who are bearing the brunt of price variations and currency fluctuations. Many families are unable to afford food and other necessities, like housing and health care.

Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

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