ROME – One month after a devastating earthquake shattered the lives of millions in Haiti, the World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with the Haitian government to roll out an urgent early recovery strategy for the millions affected by the disaster by using food and cash to empower local populations to rebuild their lives.
“We are deploying tools to dramatically improve the lives of those who survived the quake, by ensuring access to food, getting people back to work so they can buy food, supporting Haiti’s reconstruction, and addressing the nutritional needs of the very young,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “We are partnering with Haiti to rebuild society from the ground up and providing a nutritional foundation for the country’s long term future.”
The announcement came today during a High Level Meeting, “Supporting a Haitian-Led Food Security Programme” hosted by WFP, where a Task Force to be jointly led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) was also announced. The Task Force will support the Haitian government as it strives to implement immediate and long term food security strategies that integrate agricultural production and social safety nets.
WFP said it is also ramping up its logistics support for the entire humanitarian emergency supply chain, including support for the Haitian government’s work with FAO and IFAD on providing seeds and fertilizer.
Since the earthquake struck, WFP has delivered rations to more than 2.5 million people in Port au Prince, and outlying areas. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, WFP met urgent hunger needs through mobile distributions in areas where people had settled temporarily. WFP then scaled up its operations, distributing two week rice rations from a number of fixed sites in the capital.
WFP’s food assistance will now evolve as follows:
For further information:
Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel. +44-20-72409001, Mob. +44-7968-008474
Emilia Casella, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41-22-9178564, Mob. +41-792857304
Jennifer Parmelee, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1-202 4223383
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob. +1-646-8241112