The latest report from the National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA) covering the period from August 2023 to February 2024 sheds light on an alarming situation regarding food security in Haiti. Conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), this study reveals a worsening food security situation in the country.
During this period, more than 4.35 million Haitian citizens are facing acute food insecurity, which represents a slight improvement compared to the 4.9 million previously recorded between March and June 2023. However, this decrease is minimal and concerning, as over 40% of the Haitian population still finds itself in a crisis (IPC Phase 3) or emergency (IPC Phase 4) situation.
This critical situation stems from various factors contributing to food insecurity in Haiti. Major causes include the vulnerability of agricultural systems, political instability, frequent climate shocks, widespread poverty, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These elements have combined to create a devastating mix that severely hampers Haitian families’ ability to adequately meet their food needs.
The repercussions of this food insecurity are felt throughout the country. Haitian families face daily challenges in accessing nutritious and sufficient food. Children are among the most affected, with high rates of malnutrition and long-term consequences for their health and development. The food situation in Haiti is now more concerning than ever, demanding immediate measures to mitigate this growing crisis.