FAO and the Government of Haiti are seeking $74 mill. over the next 12 months to help rehabilitate the country's agricultural sector in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The "Superstorm" caused colossal damage to Haiti's crops, land, livestock, fisheries and rural infrastructures in late October, leaving more than 600 000 Haitians at risk of food and nutrition insecurity.
Of the total funding sought, $4 million is needed immediately to help 20 000 families make it through the winter cropping season starting in December.
Sandy hit Haiti on 23 October. Three consecutive days of intense winds and heavy rain caused severe flooding, damaging and destroying homes, farms and public infrastructure. It was the third disaster to hit the country in the space of a few months. Between May and June a severe drought struck at the beginning of the critical spring cropping season. In August Haiti was battered by Tropical Storms Isaac followed two months later by Sandy. The combined impact of these three disasters on the agricultural sector, has been estimated by the Government of Haiti at $254 mill., affecting the livelihood of 1.5 mill. people.
FAO, WFP and other partners are supporting the Government of Haiti in conducting a post-disaster assessment in order to present a full picture of the damage and needs for agriculture and food security and allow appropriate and significant response to recover from the crisis. FAO provides support to the Government of Haiti with a variety of interventions in forestry, livestock production, seed production, watershed management and nutrition. These programmes can be scaled up and adapted to address needs following Hurricane Sandy in accordance with the government's plan.