The crisis has further degraded an agricultural sector already weakened by years of poverty, FAO said. The agricultural sector faces:
- a lack of essential agricultural inputs;
- a lack of fully functioning agricultural and veterinary services;
- difficulty in selling harvests and farmed goods due to damaged roads and a precarious security situation;
- and abandoned agricultural areas where people can no longer farm.
Many farmers face the risk of being unable to sell their harvest and therefore to get the resources needed to afford essential foodstuffs such as oils, meat and beans.
Five million in rural areas
Some five million of Haiti's total population of eight million live in rural areas. FAO estimates that three million of these are facing serious difficulties. Before the recent crisis, almost half of the population was food insecure.
FAO's appeal will raise the funds to provide basic agricultural inputs including seeds and tools to 100 000 of the country's most-affected households.
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