While preparing this report Haiti was hit by a category 4 Hurricane and emergency operations started immediately. Details will be given in October report.
September marked the beginning of the school year with WFP School feeding program resuming. WFP reached 350,000 school children with a daily hot meal during this first month of school with the plan to scale up to 400,000 in October.
The National Coordination for Food Security estimates in its September bulletin that the number of food insecure people in Haiti decreased from 3,6 million in January to 3,2 million in August 2016
WFP is planning to reach 400,000 school children with a daily hot meal in school year 2016/2017. This year, WFP will focus on reinforcing the nutritional value of the meals, local purchases, environmentally friendly cooking techniques and will support the Government for the implementation of the school feeding policy.
WFP expanded its Home Grown School Feeding pilot in the Nippes Department and is now reaching a total of 7,000 children versus 3,500 of last school year.
The project which was implemented last year in the commune of Petite Riviere de Nippes is now reaching 4 additional communes (Anse a Veau, Miragoane, Paillant, Fond de Nègres). Thanks to this pilot, 36% of WFP supported schools in Nippes are distributing only local produces.
As part of its Emergency Operation in response to the drought, WFP reached 70,000 people in September with cash transfers. Amongst them, 20,000 were participating in Cash for Assets projects aiming at building resilience.
As Haiti is in the hurricane season (which lasts until November) WFP has replenished its contingency food stock to cover the potential relief needs of 300,000 people.
In partnership with FAO, 7,075 people are participating in a Cash for Asset project in the SouthEast Department, to enhance livelihood and resilience. For the first time in Haiti, cash transfers are provided through mobile phone.
WFP replaced its supplementary food rations to address acute malnutrition for children with a locally produced commodity.