Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Haiti

Map of Haiti
Map of Haiti

July 11, 2017

Food Security Situation

  • Haiti remains the only low-income country in the Americas. Half the population of Haiti lives on less than $1.25 per day, and three quarters lives on less than $2 per day, making Haiti extremely vulnerable to the cost of food and price spikes in the global food market. 
  • In addition to experiencing its third consecutive year of drought, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Matthew—the strongest registered hurricane in a decade—in October 2016. More than six months later, Haiti is still recovering from the storm, the consequences of which continue to drive elevated levels of food insecurity in the country.
  • The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) predicts that populations in the worst-affected areas in Grand’Anse and Sud departments will continue to experience Crisis (IPC 3) level of food security through June 2017. Following seasonal harvests in July, decreases in food prices and increased availability of work are projected to improve access to food across the country.

Food Assistance Programs

  • In response to Hurricane Matthew, the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partnered with non-governmental organizations and the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) to assist Hurricane-affected communities by providing emergency food assistance through in-kind food, locally procured food, cash transfers, cash-for-work activities, and agricultural inputs. To date, this assistance has reached nearly 1 million individuals in Haiti.
  • FFP partners with CARE and the Government of Haiti to support the establishment a social safety net program that improves vulnerable household access to locally produced, nutritious foods. Aimed at both boosting food security and reducing malnutrition, this multi-year development program is implemented in five out of the total 10 departments and provides 18,150 households with monthly food vouchers and 205,000 households with maternal and child health and nutrition services.


Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $49.2 million 10,322 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $33.9 million 2,670 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $17.3 million 3,770 MT


Fiscal Year 2017 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $6.5 million ----
Title II Emergency $14.0 million 7,855 MT
Emergency Food Secuirty Program (EFSP) $28.6 million 2,467 MT
Community Development Funds (CDF) ---- ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP
FY 2017 contribution based on funds obligated to date.

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: July 12, 2017

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