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Haiti Struggles with Critical Food Insecurity as Half of Population Faces Hunger

Haiti Struggles with Critical Food Insecurity as Half of Population Faces Hunger

Haiti facing critical food insecurity, half of population affected.
The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has reported that 4.9 million people in Haiti are facing high levels of acute food insecurity, representing nearly half of the country's population.

The statistics show an increase of 20,000 people in just five months, with 1.8 million people now in the emergency phase, up from the previous analysis in the last three years.

This means that households face large food consumption gaps resulting in high acute malnutrition and excess mortality.

The prolonged crisis in Haiti, which has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the cholera outbreak, and the impact of extreme events such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes, has led to a significant increase in the number of Haitians facing acute hunger.

Households' purchasing power has been affected by high food prices, linked to the depreciation of the local currency against the US dollar, and the rising cost of transportation.

The depreciation of the local currency has further limited the ability of households to afford food.

The FAO has stated that urgent measures are needed to save lives and quickly restore the agricultural livelihoods of vulnerable farmers, as Haiti remains one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters.

Additionally, violence by gangs and armed groups continues to hinder communities' access to agricultural inputs and food, further exacerbating the food insecurity crisis.

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