Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 12 October 2016

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 12 October 2016
Oct 2016

Key points

  • Damages produced by Hurricane Matthew to crops, livestock and fisheries are expected to be dramatic. Preliminary assessments indicate that almost 100 percent of crops were destroyed in Grande-Anse and more than 90 percent in Sud departments. With much of Haiti 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.
  • Preliminary results of the partial assessment conducted by the Agricultural Departmental Detections together with FAO and partners in the six most affected departments (Sud, Grande-Anse, Sud-Est, Ouest, Nord-Ouest) indicate that a total of
    350 350 animals were lost.
  • Affected families urgently need food and agricultural assistance – including seeds, planting materials and farming equipment – to avoid food shortages and be ready for the winter planting season starting in November.
  • A Flash Appeal was issued to provide immediate support to 750 000 affected people for the next three month. Under this
    framework, FAO requires USD 9 million to provide immediate crop, livestock and fisheries support to 300 000 hurricane affected people. The medium- to long-term recovery costs will be greater, but estimates are not available at this time.