URGENT NEED: Haitians Facing ‘Dramatic’ Food Crisis ~ U.N

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UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) said Haitians are facing a “dramatic” food crisis, with an estimated one in three people in the French-speaking Caribbean country in urgent need of food.

WFP said that it is, therefore, scaling up operations in the country to provide emergency food assistance to 700,000, an attempt to reach a growing number of vulnerable people.

In order to be able to deliver humanitarian services, the agency is appealing for $62 million, indicating that millions of Haitians have been hit hard by rising prices, weakening local currency and a drop in agricultural production.

The U.N. food agency said it is also providing cash and vouchers to thousands of affected people in order to help local markets to recover and allow households to buy local food.

RESTRICTIONS

Up to press time, WFP said it had met the emergency food needs of around 138,000 people.

Since September, road blocks caused by social and civic unrest further restricted access to food for vulnerable people, as they prevented both food and customers from reaching markets.

“We do not live well, we do not eat well, and we cannot even move around normally because of the chaos in the country,” said Osena Previlon, who grows fruit and vegetables outside Gonaives, the largest city in Haiti’s Artibonite department.

WFP said its school feeding program normally provides meals to 300,000 children annually in 1,200 schools nationwide.

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