Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 17 November 2016

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 17 November 2016
Nov 2016

Key points

  • The various post-disaster assessments conducted by FAO, WFP and the National Commission on Food Security (CNSA) indicate that local production and livelihoods were strongly affected by the Hurricane Matthew and almost destroyed in Grand’Anse and Sud departments. In the Sud all food crops (bean, yam, corn, cassava and millet) are irreversibly affected, and 90 percent of fruit and forest trees are affected. With much of the country relying on subsistence production to meet their food needs, restoring agriculture- and fishery-based livelihoods is critical to avoid dependency on food aid in the coming months.
  • Damages to agricultural sector are estimated at USD 580 million.
  • FAO has started supporting affected families through the distribution of seeds and tools for the implementation of the winter staple crop season and short-cycle horticultural crops. FAO has targeted 25 050 households in the most affected departments, including 5 400 in Grand’Anse, 15 150 in Sud, 2 000 in Nord-Ouest, 1 500 in the Artibonite, 500 in Sud-Est and 500 in Ouest. FAO will also distribute fishing equipment to fishers who have lost their livelihoods.
  • Of the USD 9 million required by FAO under the Flash Appeal, USD 5.6 million is still missing to provide immediate crop, livestock and fisheries support to 300 000 hurricane-affected people. To cover the short- to medium-term recovery costs, FAO has developed a 12-month response plan requesting USD 30 million to support 600 000 severely food insecure people.