Sowing seeds for hungry Haitians

Sowing seeds for hungry Haitians

04/08/2008

In readiness for the new planting season, FAO has started distributing urgently-needed seeds and tools to Haiti’s most vulnerable farmers to help them cope with the rising cost of food, fuel and fertilizer.

Some 600 tonnes of seeds, including beans, maize and sorghum as well as tools such as hoes and machetes are being distributed for the July/August planting season under FAO’s ongoing international Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP). The aid will reach about 70 000 farming families in the poorest parts of Haiti.

The US$4 million operation is being funded by the Government of Spain, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and FAO itself. If sufficient funds become available, more distributions for the next two seasons, in October/November 2008 and February/March 2009, will target another 400 000 families.