In Les Cayes, one Haitian partner reports that most crops washed away, leaving families and farmers without food sources. Even in more protected areas, our partner AKV lost orchards, livestock, and a women's meeting building. Food is already more than 50% of the average Haitian family budget, and these new shortages will cause price spikes . Good seed for vegetables was already scarce in Haiti. Now, when the nutrition of fast-growing vegetables is most needed, seed is even harder to obtain.
This project will provide more than 100,000 packets of top-quality seeds, tools, and fertilizers needed to restore flooded gardens with fast-growing vegetable crops. SPI's partner network employs Haitian staff to build community support, school gardens, children's homes, and men's and women's farming cooperatives. SPI invests without overspending--we put resources in the hands of local programs who can deploy them most efficiently and effectively.
Disaster recovery requires a cooperative approach. Others work to deliver water and rebuild homes, and counter cholera--immediate needs. But in the years to follow, rebuilding the ability of rural Haitians to grow food becomes job #1. Long after this disaster fades from the news, the slow work of replanting and reviving gardens will continue for years. Looking beyond the crisis, strong rural food production is a basis of not only Haitian survival, but also strength, self-sufficiency, and power.
The effect of Matthew on farmers and fisheries.
A decade of crop loss from hurricane Matthew.
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