Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 22 December 2016

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation report 22 December 2016
Dec 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 and almost destroyed in Grand’Anse and Sud departments. In Sud all food crops (bean, yam, maize, 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 the agricultural sector are estimated at USD 580 million.
  • FAO has completed the distribution of seeds and tools to 27 050 households in the most affected departments for the implementation of the winter staple crop season and short-cycle horticultural crops.
  • Starting in January 2017, FAO will distribute seeds to 3 400 households (2 500 in Sud and 900 in Grand’Anse) and fishing equipment to 1 500 fishers in Sud and Grand’Anse. Mobile clinics will also be set up to provide veterinary treatment to animals of at least 2 000 farmers.
  • Under the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, FAO requires USD 35 million, of which USD 1.8 million has been received, to restore the livelihoods of 700 000 people, including vulnerable farmers, small-scale herders and fishers affected by the Hurricane, as well as vulnerable farmers affected by the 2015/16 droughts.