3 billion gourdes approved by the government to fight against food insecurity

3 billion gourdes approved by the government to fight against food insecurity
Haiti, Les Cayes (Aux Cayes), Les Cayes Arrondissement, 09 October 2016 The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing humanitarian assistance after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on Tuesday (4 October). At least 300 people are known to have died – with the figure expected to rise – and some 300,000 need help. WFP is deploying logistics and assessment teams to bring in relief and to determine the hurricane’s wider impact on the food and nutrition security of Haitians. This work is being done in coordination with the Government of Haiti and international agencies. At the time the hurricane struck Haiti, WFP had already pre-positioned sufficient emergency supplies to feed up to 300,000 people for a month. Meanwhile in Cuba, WFP has stocks to feed more than 25,000 people for a month as part of government-led efforts. Damaged or impassable roads and destroyed bridges connecting Port-au-Prince with the hurricane-hit areas are posing a challenge. The most affected areas are Grand’Anse, South and south-east departments. The towns of Les Cayes, Port Salut and Jérémie suffered severe flooding. WFP is chartering a helicopter to transport humanitarian personnel and relief items to the affected areas. The logistics team is deploying six portable tent warehouses to support the humanitarian community’s relief efforts. Two of these units will be located in Les Cayes and Jérémie respectively. In the Photo: first WFP food distribution in Les Cayes where 1,000 people received a one-month food ration. Photo: WFP/Baptiste Icard

The government intends to come to the aid of the most disadvantaged. This Wednesday, the authorities validated the plan of 3 billion gourdes to fight against the food insecurity which prevails in the country. Families are the sector most affected by this crisis.

The government plans to financially support 150,000 people, women will have the opportunity to receive vouchers. Labor-intensive works, targeted subsidies and agricultural investment are also planned in this fight against food insecurity.

It should be noted that this program will be executed by the Ministry of Social Affairs in support of the Ministries of Agriculture, Planning and the Environment.


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