Food Assistance - Haiti

April 18, 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.     
  • Haiti is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in 35 years, made worse by the El Niño event. Below average rainfall has negatively impacted crop production throughout Haiti, while prices for locally produced foods remain above average. Combined with unfavorable socioeconomic conditions, many communes in the most affected areas will continue to experience Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity through June 2016.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the United Nations  World Food Program, CARE, ACF and World Vision to provide emergency food assistance through in-kind contributions, food vouchers, and cash-for-assets and cash-for-work activities reaching food insecure families affected by the prolonged drought in Haiti.  
  • FFP and partner CARE have launched a new development program to reduce food insecurity. The four-year, $80 million project is directly supporting the Government of Haiti’s (GOH) 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. Over the next four years, the program will be implemented in five out of the total 10 departments, with the goal of eventually being replicated nation-wide, providing 18,150 households with 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 2016 $27.4 million 860 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $17.3 million 3,770 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $35.5 million 2,290 MT


Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development    
Title II Emergency $367,000 860 MT
Emergency Food Secuirty Program (EFSP) $15 million ----
Community Development Funds (CDF) $12 million ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP
FY 2016 contribution based on funds obligated to date.

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: June 03, 2016

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