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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

FAO, Haiti Government seek $74 million for Haiti's farm sector

FAO and the Government of Haiti are seeking $74 million (EUR 58 million) over the next year to help rehabilitate the country's agricultural sector in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The "Superstorm" caused colossal damage to Haiti's crops, land, livestock, fisheries and rural infrastructures in late October, leaving more than 600 000 Haitians at risk of food and nutrition insecurity. Of the total funding sought, $4 million (EUR 3.1 million) is needed immediately to help 20 000 families make it through the  winter cropping season starting  in December.
It was the third disaster to hit the country in the space of a few months. Between May and June a severe drought struck at the beginning of the critical spring cropping season. In August Haiti was battered by Tropical Storms Isaac, followed two months later by Sandy. The combined impact of these three disasters on the agricultural sector has been  estimated by the Government of Haiti at $254 million (EUR 199 million), affecting the livelihoods of 1.5 million people.

Source: FAO