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Hurricanes could cause more damage in Haiti

Tools and seed have been distributed to farmers worst hit by January's earthquake (©FAO/Giulio Napolitano)
Tools and seed have been distributed to farmers worst hit by January's earthquake
©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

Weather forecasts for the 2010 hurricane season predict a more active than normal season, and an increased chance that Haiti will be hit by a strong hurricane, weather experts from Colorado State University have warned. In anticipation, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has made provisions to store 250 tons of beans and maize as well as over 50,000 hand tools in areas around the country that are particularly vulnerable.

Despite underfunding constraints for Haiti, FAO has distributed 1,074 tons of grain and pulse seed to 72,000 farming families in the areas worst hit by the earthquake in January 2010. More than 100,000 hand tools and almost 2,500 pieces of equipment to help with post-harvesting have also been provided. In addition, plans are underway to reach an additional 10,000 urban households around Port au Price, Ganthier and Cabaret with seed and fertiliser to enable families to establish mobile gardens.

Other development projects recently launched in Haiti include an 18-month programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to repair irrigation systems, build 300 community and family gardens and provide seeds and tools to 9,000 families. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will also invest US$200 million over five years to improve land titling, promote farming techniques to reduce soil erosion, and increase market access for farmers.

Date published: June 2010


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