Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 28 October 2016

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 28 October 2016
Oct 2016

Key points

  • The Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted by FAO, WFP and the National Commission on Food Security (CNSA) indicates that local production and livelihoods were strongly affected by Hurricane Matthew and almost destroyed in Grande-Anse and Sud departments. 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 crops, livestock and fisheries are dramatic in the most affected departments (Grande-Anse, Sud, Sud-Est, Nippes, Haut-Artibonite and Nord-Ouest). 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.
  • A significant food price increase is expected in the next three months. 
  • 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. Of the USD 9 million FAO required under this framework, 3.4 million was already secured to provide immediate crop, livestock and fisheries support to 300 000 hurricane-affected people. The medium- to long-term recovery costs will be greater, and FAO is working on a longer term response plan.