Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Haiti

December 20, 2016

Food Security Situation

Map of Haiti
CIA World Factbook
  • Haiti imports approximately 50 percent of its food, demonstrating strong dependence on the international market. 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 one of the worst droughts in 35 years in 2015/2016, Haiti is now recovering from Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 hurricane, which hit the island in October 2016.

  • Rapid post-disaster need assessment estimates that some 2.1 million people have been affected by Hurricane Matthew, with 1.4 million require immediate humanitarian assistance and 806,000 severely food insecure.


Food Assistance Programs

  • In response to Hurricane Matthew, the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partnered with non-governmental organizations and WFP to assist hurricane-affected communities by providing emergency food assistance through in-kind food, locally procured food, cash transfers and cash for work activities.  
  • FFP partners with CARE to implement a multi-year development program to reduce food insecurity. The project is directly supporting the Government of Haiti’s social protection efforts to prevent hunger and malnutrition by implementing a safety net program that will build demand and improve access for locally-produced, nutritious foods among vulnerable households. The program is implemented in five out of the total 10 departments, with the goal of eventually being replicated nation-wide, providing 18,150 households with monthly food vouchers and 205,000 households with maternal and child health and nutrition interventions. The program is also establishing a national household level targeting database system and supporting the establishment of an innovative food voucher-based social safety net system under MAST leadership. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $34.6 million 6,336 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    
Title II Emergency $14.0 million 6,336 MT
Emergency Food Secuirty Program (EFSP) $20.6 million ----
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: December 20, 2016

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