Coypright: WFP/Alejandro Lopez-Chicheri

Remembering Our Response to the Haitian Earthquake - A Food Crisis Avoided

Monday, January 12th marks the 5th anniversary of the magnitude 7 earthquake that devastated much of Port-au-Prince and its surrounding cities. In just 35 seconds over 230,000 people lost their lives, approximately 300,000 were injured and 2.3 million were displaced. Within hours of this deadly quake, the World Food Programme (WFP) was on the ground responding.


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. 


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