Photo: WFP/Marianela Gonzalez/2021


A record number of Haitians are experiencing extreme hunger because of conflict, extreme weather events and soaring inflation. People need food now.

Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti

As violence and conflict escalate in Haiti, entire communities are cut off from access to food. Watch the special from ABC World News Tonight:

Relentless VIOLENCE, Disasters AND INFLATION

Haiti has one of the highest levels of hunger in the world and faces chronic poverty. On a good day, electricity, running water and healthcare are scarce. Now, violent conflict is forcing many Haitians to flee or hide in their homes. More than half the population of the impoverished Caribbean country needs immediate food assistance.


4.9 million people are facing extreme levels of hunger


Haiti ranks 3rd on the 2020 Climate Risk Index


Haiti is among the 10 countries most affected by food price inflation


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. Conflict between armed groups has limited people’s access to food and water.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas/2020

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.

Response to 7.2 Earthquake >

Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli/2021


Coronavirus cases spiked dramatically in Haiti from May into June, 2020 and again in January of 2022. The pandemic worsened a regional situation where economic shocks, erratic climate, displacement and insecurity have already taken a heavy toll.

COVID-19 Cases in Haiti >

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas/2021


Haiti is the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region and among the poorest countries in the world. In 2020, nearly 60% of the population was estimated to be living in poverty. The COVID-19 crisis put 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 healthcare.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas/2021
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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.

Emergency Food

To mitigate the impact of future disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes, WFP pre-positions stocks of emergency food. This enables WFP to respond swiftly when disaster strikes and put hot meals into the hands of survivors.

Photo: WFP/Marianela Gonzalez
School Meals

Since the latest wave of violence started in March, WFP has provided meals to over 333,000 students in several regions. Our school meals ensure children still have access to nutritious food despite the ongoing crisis.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

WFP is supporting the humanitarian community in Haiti by transporting food and cargo by sea, where roads are blocked, as well as staff and humanitarian supplies through the U.N. Humanitarian Air Services.

Photo: WFP/Elio Rujano/2024
Photo: WFP/Marianela Gonzalez

You Can Help Save Lives

When you donate, you help us deliver critical food relief to the most vulnerable people in Haiti and other countries around the world. You can make difference in someone’s life. Send food today.