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1 December 2009

A year after a series of natural disasters and civil unrest rooted in increasing food prices ravaged Haiti, people there are still struggling to recover. A third of the population - 1.9 million people - still do not have a guaranteed supply of food. In 2008, the UN WFP helped 2.9 million people in Haiti.


19 November 2009

With its rich delta soil and a year-round growing season, Haiti's famous agricultural region seems capable of feeding the entire Caribbean. But Haiti is a net importer of food, spending about $400 million last year on purchases from abroad. The World Food Programme runs child nutrition and "food for work" operations.


18 November 2009

More than 250 students have gathered in the two rooms of a small public school here, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the country's capital Port-au-Prince, waiting for a meal prepared by the World Food Program.


17 November 2009

In Balan, when two World Food Program (WFP) vehicles rolled into town recently to supervise the cafeteria at a small public school, residents rushed to meet them, hoping for food. The WFP serves one meal a day to more than 500 000 Haitian schoolchildren, providing them with what is often their only meal of the day. The organization also feeds 100 000 women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and 50 000 children under the age of five.


17 November 2009

A Haitian child carries a bag of food during a food distribution of from the United Nations World Food Program, Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) on November 12, 2009 in Balan a suburb of Ganthier.


11 November 2009

Last year, Haiti was devastated by four hurricanes in as many weeks, killing 1,000 people and leaving 800,000 homeless. Hundreds died in the town of Gonaives after many houses were completely submerged in water. (..) In addition to this food-for-work scheme run by the UN's World Food Programme, the nearby river Cant has been dredged to help prevent it bursting its banks and an emergency shelter for 2,500 people is under construction.


28 October 2009

What efforts are underway to build up the WFP food stocks in Haiti? What has been the international response to this impending crisis? Much of WFP's funding in Haiti's comes in response to crises. Three tropical storms and one hurricane ravaged Haiti in 2008, because of these events WFP's Haitian program in 2008-2009 was well funded. Now, Haiti is facing a critical moment as it approaches another election cycle.


27 October 2009

With massive funding shortfalls for its global operations, the WFP is being forced to cut programs for those living in poverty. (..) Myrta Kaulard, WFP director in Haiti, is visiting Washington, DC today to build support for helping the millions of Haitians who need aid. According to WFP, "until more jobs, infrastructure and basic social services are there, food assistance is a key factor in stabilizing conditions in Haiti as people continue to recover from the high food price crisis and natural disasters that struck in 2008."


22 August 2009

United Nations aid agencies and the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Haiti have pre-positioned stockpiles of food and other emergency supplies (..). the World Food Programme (WFP) has pre-positioned 30,000 tons of food aid in four locations – Port-au-Prince, Gonaïves, Cap Haïtien and Jacmel – and is also putting more than 60 all-terrain vehicles in position in case they are needed to distribute aid to hard-to-reach areas.


18 August 2009

Venecia Louis nearly starved last year after four tropical storms pummeled Haiti. Now the 4-year-old's cheeks are pudgier, but her hair is thin and her stomach is swollen -- both telltale signs of malnutrition. Like Venecia, Haiti is barely hanging on as the season's first named storm of hurricane season heads its way. Ana, downgraded to a tropical depression, was moving across the neighboring Dominican Republic on Monday, dumping about four inches of rain. Almost 2 million Haitians do not get enough to eat every day, according to the U.N. World Food Program -- down from 3.3 million last year, which is still about a third of the population. Aid groups have increased emergency stockpiles, but the conditions that put much of Haiti at risk have not changed.