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Haiti - Humanitarian : Haiti one of the 4 most underfunded countries in the world
06/08/2018 08:51:03

Haiti - Humanitarian : Haiti one of the 4 most underfunded countries in the world
The latest report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), released in early August 2018, warns of some of the world's most underfunded crises and new shocks, require a humanitarian response and emergency agricultural assistance. Haiti ranks 4th among the most under-funded countries in about 40 countries.

For these extremely underfunded crises, FAO urgently needs $ 120 million to reach 3.6 million people during the last months of the year. Overall, FAO received less than 30% overall of the amount requested at the beginning of the year. For some crises, FAO only received 6% of the required amount (tables on pages 3-4) of the report.

"We want to highlight the essential needs of these underfunded crises where our resources for action are currently extremely limited. We must make sure no one is left behind. We must act now to urgently implement interventions to support food security and livelihoods in order to save people's lives, protect livelihoods and build their resilience to the future crises. With the help of our resource partners, we can prevent a further worsening of food security in some of the most neglected crises of 2018," said Dominique Burgeon, Director of the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division of FAO and the Strategic Program Manager on Resilience.

FAO has requested $ 22 million to support 461,000 people in Haiti and indicates that so far, its humanitarian response plan for 2018 has received only 7% of the required funding (just over 1.5 million ) "Our resources to support Haiti are currently very limited. This is why FAO is launching this urgent call. It is essential to act today to strengthen the food security and livelihoods of the island's inhabitants. This will enable us to save lives and strengthen their resilience to future crises, but for that we need our resource partners," said FAO Regional Representative Julio Berdegué, pointing out that most Haitians depend on for their survival and are exposed to recurrent disasters. Rehabilitating and strengthening livelihoods is essential to improve their food security and their ability to cope with future crises.

FAO explains that the 22 million humanitarian aid will be used to recover livestock and fish production through training, distribution of fishing equipment, reconstruction of boats, provision of mobile veterinary clinics and installation of forage fields.

In addition, these funds will also enable FAO to provide seeds, tools and planting material for climate resilient crop varieties.

FAO will also provide nutrition education, establish community tree nurseries for fruit trees, train small farmers in seed multiplication and good agricultural practices resilient to climate change. As part of its humanitarian aid work, it will put in place cash-for-work programs to rehabilitate overflow basins in communities threatened by floods and landslides.

Part of the $22 million that FAO has requested from the international community will also be used to set up early warning systems and monitor the food security system.

Download the FAO report (PDF) : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/CA0939EN.pdf

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