WFP Regional Director Miguel Barreto visits a Health Centre in Croix-de-Bouquets in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Copyright: WFP/Grace Tillyard

Buying From Small Farmers Boosts the Economy and Helps Meet Food Needs of Haiti's Poor, Says WFP RD

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Purchasing food produced by small farmers in Haiti to help meet  local people’s food needs while boosting the economy is a pillar of the United Nations World Food Programme’s strategy in this Caribbean nation, said the new WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto.


Haiti ranks 161 out of 187countries in the 2012 United Nations Human Development Index (HDI). Poverty, depletion of the environment and the limited capacity of the authorities to respond to a crisis means that Haiti is highly vulnerable to even moderate climatic shocks. Three quarters of Haitians live on less than US$2 per day and half of the population earns less than US$1 per day. Access to education is low, with illiteracy rates almost 50%. In rural areas, almost 90 percent live below the poverty level and basic social services are practically nonexistent. in French

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