WFP Launches $84M Appeal For Haiti Amid Worst Drought Since 2001; More Than 1.5M People Severely Food Insecure

Associated Press: U.N.: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought
“Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Programme’s country office said Tuesday…” (McFadden, 2/9).

Miami Herald: Haiti faces worst food insecurity crisis since 2001
“…The U.N. agency, which is launching an $84 million appeal to help stave off extreme malnutrition and deaths in an already fragile Haiti, is blaming the emerging crisis on the El Niño weather phenomenon…” (Charles, 2/9).

New York Times: Haiti: Drought Worsens Food Crisis, U.N. Agency Says
“More than 1.5 million Haitians are threatened with malnutrition — double the number of six months ago … [WFP] also said that up to 70 percent of the crops in some areas of Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, had been lost this past year. Wendy Bigham, the agency’s deputy director in Haiti, said that without rain for the 2016 spring season, many farmers would lose their fourth consecutive harvest…” (Gladstone, 2/9).

U.N. News Centre: Haiti: U.N. agency says weather and drought to blame as food insecurity doubles
“…In some areas of the country, up to 70 percent of the population is facing hunger and a recent study conducted by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the government of Haiti revealed that malnutrition rates are above emergency levels in several communes…” (2/9).