WFP Haiti Country Brief, March 2017



  • Six months after Hurricane Matthew, WFP is phasing out its emergency response operation which reached more than 900,000 people and is planning the transition to recovery programming starting in April.

  • The main components of the recovery projects will consist of malnutrition prevention activities for 27,000 children and 25,000 pregnant and nursing mothers, targeted seasonal food assistance for 127,000 people and Asset Creation activities targeting 100,000 people.

  • The rehabilitation of four local radio stations was completed in March. The project aims to improve communications with affected communities.

Operational Updates

Hurricane Response

  • Six months after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, WFP continued to support the Government in providing food assistance in the most affected regions in March. More than 100,000 people received WFP assistance in March 2017 and more than 900,000 people since October 2016.

  • As emergency relief and activities to prevent acute malnutrition are coming to an end, WFP has been preparing a shift towards the recovery operations to start in April.

  • WFP will implement targeted seasonal food assistance for 127,000 people and supplementary feeding programme to prevent chronic malnutrition in children in Grande Anse and Nippes during the lean season from April to June.

  • WFP will also provide food assistance in exchange for participation in asset creation activities targeting 100,000 people.

Communications with communities:

  • The Emergency Telecommunications working group led by WFP completed the rehabilitation of four local radio stations in Grande Anse, South and Nippes departments. The project aims to improve community’s abilities to transmit important, localized messages and promote dialogue on humanitarian issues.

Emergency preparedness

  • As part of a South-South cooperation initiative led by WFP, a team of Cuban expert conducted its third mission in Haiti on 20-31 March in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA), Red Cross Haiti, Directorate for Civil Protection (DPC), National Center for Geo-Spatial Information (CNIGS) and National Meteorological Center (CNM). The project aims to contribute to the development of the Early Warning and Response capacities of Haiti, both at national and local levels.

  • A Global Logistic Cluster pilot project aiming at improving preparedness in Haiti has started in March. It aims to (1) map capacities and gaps with local stakeholders, (2) develop scenarios based on risk analysis, (3) assess disaster impacts on infrastructure & capacities, (4) support government and stakeholders to address gaps and (5) identify organisations & local actors to address gaps.

School Feeding:

  • WFP is purchasing new cooking equipment and utensils for close to 200,000 children in an effort to renew stocks and ensure proper hygiene in schools. In addition, WFP is working with a local private partner to provide cooking gas to 200 schools before the end of the year.