The European Union has allocated 9 million euros in humanitarian aid in response to the deteriorating food and nutrition situation in Haiti. Humanitarian aid will cover the essential food and nutritional needs of more than 130,000 people living in the most affected areas.
_ “For the EU, the humanitarian situation in Haiti is not a forgotten crisis. We are determined to provide vital support to the people affected by the food and nutrition crisis in the country. This envelope is in addition to the 12 million euros allocated in 2018 to meet the urgent food and nutritional needs of Haitians, “said Christos ** Stylianides, ** Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.
The funds allocated will benefit families living in the areas most affected by the crisis as well as children suffering from acute malnutrition. Vital nutritional support will also be provided to more than 5,000 children under 5 suffering from acute malnutrition. At the same time, the EU will support actions to strengthen the analysis of the food situation and improve the quality of the humanitarian response
As part of the European Commission's humanitarian aid, particular attention is granted to the victims of forgotten crises, that is to say of serious and prolonged humanitarian crises in which the affected populations do not receive enough international aid, as it is the case in Haiti. With 404 million euros allocated since 1994, Haiti is the main beneficiary of the European Commission's humanitarian aid in Latin America and the Caribbean
Due to its vulnerability to natural hazards and its high levels of poverty, Haiti has only limited capacity to cope with recurrent emergencies, including earthquakes, hurricanes and prolonged droughts.
Recent months the humanitarian situation in Haiti has deteriorated dramatically and the country is facing severe food shortages. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of people in crisis or food emergency doubled to 2.6 million, or 25% of the population. The prevalence of acute malnutrition among children under five years of age remains high and above the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency levels in several areas, including the northwestern department.  € 3 million were mobilized at the end of July 2019 and are earmarked for disaster risk reduction
Particular emphasis is placed on the creation in Haiti of an effective link between emergency aid, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) to ensure the transition between emergency interventions and the country's structural development assistance. More specifically, in terms of development cooperation the allocation of EU funds for Haiti is the largest in the region with 420 million euros for the period 2014-2020. These funds are intended to support development and the fight against poverty in the country by focusing on four priority sectors, namely the strengthening and modernization of public administration, education, urban development and infrastructure, as well as food and nutrition security.