In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, that left ravaged gardens, destroyed houses, Lambi Fund with 20 years of experience working with farmers in rural Haiti, will develop an immediate response to meet basic needs of farming organizations at the onset; and repair/restore food production gardens, improve top soil to maintain food production. This will be done within already established partnership that are actively contracted to develop specific projects within their respective communities.
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew, deemed the worst storm in a decade hit the south of Haiti, moved north northwest leaving a trail of destruction. with waves over 10 feet, flash flooding in most of the country, wind gust of 145 mph and 40 inches of rain left housing roofless, damaged, roads washed away, bridges collapsed. Over 500,000 people stranded in need of basic necessities. Today 900 lives are lost as we prepared to provide for urgent need, repairs and restoration of food gardens.
This project will work directly in the field with partners who had active projects with Lambi Fund support. There are 22 such projects in the region called "Department du Sud" where most of the damage occurred. We will provide funding to residents via the organization with which we are working to do the most important repairs to first gardens producing food, remove sediments left from the hurricane and prepare the ground for planting; provide seeds that are part of the crops of the region.
Farmers will begin to produce local food that will reach the local market for local consumption given that Hurricane Matthew has practically destroyed the harvest, damaged the storage of seeds. After the destruction, the rural population barely has resources to get food and could not possibly depend on imported food. Prices for food is expected to escalate because of the scarcity of land to plant at this time. Whole communities will be positively impacted with renewal of food production.