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11 June 2013 – The United Nations food relief agency said it remained extremely concerned by the plight of 1.5 million people in Haiti who need food assistance, following extreme weather conditions and poor harvests.
In addition to the 1.5 million people facing food insecurity, a further 6.7 million people in Haiti are struggling to meet their own food needs on a regular basis.
13 November 2012 – The United Nations food relief agency today warned that more than 1.5 million Haitians could remain at risk of food insecurity well into 2013 if they do not receive adequate assistance to recover from a series of natural disasters that have hit the country over the past six months, including a drought, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.
“At the moment, one of our biggest worries is in areas that are still isolated after Hurricane Sandy, where women and children face worsening nutrition,” said the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Director in Haiti, Myrta Kaulard. “At the same time, it is crucial to help Haitian farmers so that they can plant crops for the small December season and for the main agricultural season in the spring.”
Beginning as a tropical storm in late October in the Atlantic Ocean and then evolving as it progressed, Hurricane Sandy grew into what some media reports described as a “once in a generation” storm, causing death and destruction across the Caribbean region and the eastern seaboard of the United States. In Haiti alone, 54 people died, and hundreds of thousands of people were hit by floods and heavy winds.
WFP responded by distributing food to some 14,000 people during the first week after Hurricane Sandy struck. In a news release, it added that it would continue to assist 20,000 of the worst-affected households, with almost 800 tons of food during the month of November.
The agency also stressed that its activities in the Caribbean nation would focus on preventing and treating malnutrition for 100,000 women and children, as well as on ‘Cash for Assets’ projects to provide income to 170,000 people working on rehabilitation of agricultural land, flood control and watershed managements, among other activities.
An estimated $19 million will be needed to fund these programmes, which will be carried out in conjunction with the Haitian Government, partner non-governmental organizations and other UN agencies including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WFP noted.
“Our donors’ support is crucial not only to ensure that we maintain our emergency response capacity in Haiti, but also to support rural people to get back on their feet quickly,” said Ms. Kaulard. “Without immediate cash contributions, the situation of these rural households will continue deteriorating until the next main crop in mid-2013.”
22 November 2010 – The Haitian city of Cap Haïtien is now calm after several days of riots linked to the cholera outbreak in the Caribbean country, and two United Nations agencies have resumed relief operations in the city, the world body’s humanitarian arm reported today.
19 November 2010 – The top United Nations envoy in Haiti has called on demonstrators to stop blocking roads, bridges and airports so that vital humanitarian assistance can reach the thousands of people affected by the cholera outbreak.
“Every second that passes can save or break thousands of lives,” Edmond Mulet, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Haiti, said in a statement issued last night.
12 November 2010 – United Nations agencies and their partners today appealed for $164 million to support Haiti’s efforts to fight the deadly cholera outbreak that has already claimed several hundred lives in the small Caribbean nation.
The funds sought for the Cholera Inter-Sector Response Strategy for Haiti launched today will go towards getting additional doctors, medicines and water purification equipment to respond to the epidemic, which has spread quickly since it was first confirmed on 22 October.
19 October 2010 – With 1.3 million people still living in spontaneously formed camps nine months after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, a United Nations expert today called for a shift in the focus of humanitarian operations and more urgency in launching the reconstruction process.
“Haiti is still living through a profound humanitarian crisis that affects the human rights of those displaced by the disaster,” Secretary-General Ban Ki moon’s Representative on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Walter Kaelin said after a visit to the country, noting that camp residents include both those who lost their homes and others fleeing poverty exacerbated by the January quake, which killed more than 200,000 people.
14 October 2010 – The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti until 15 October 2011, while underlining the significance of next month’s presidential and legislative polls in laying the foundation for a stable political environment in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
The country continues to rebuild in the wake of the devastating January earthquake, which killed an estimated 200,000 people and displaced about 1.3 million others. Countless buildings, including Government facilities, hospitals and schools, were also destroyed.
22 September 2010 – A joint assessment by two United Nations agencies has found that Haiti’s food sector is slowly beginning to recover but production remains well below the levels that existed prior to the January earthquake.
Despite the damage caused to Haiti’s food production systems by the devastating 7.0-magnitude quake and a late start of the 2010 spring rainy season, subsequent rains helped to support agricultural recovery, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
“Levels of food production could have been much worse,” said Mario Zappacosta, an economist with FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture.
19 August 2010 – United Nations projects in health, education, job creation, rubble removal, reproductive health and improving access to food have been approved for Haiti as the poor Caribbean country continues its effort to rebuild after January’s catastrophic earthquake.
The Interim Haitian Recovery Commission (IHRC), which was set up in April to coordinate and oversee the recovery and reconstruction campaign, announced yesterday in Port-au-Prince, the capital, that it will back $220 million worth of UN projects.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) reported that it has received approval for a $65 million project to rehabilitate infrastructure, building on earlier cash-for-work projects that have given more than 120,000 jobs since the quake.
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