Haiti one year on – agriculture essential to recovery

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

On the eve of the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed 250,000 people in Haiti, FAO – the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation – has described support to agriculture in the Caribbean country as “key to a sustainable, food-secure future.”

FAO Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinator for Haiti, Etienne Peterschmitt, said today that in the country “Poor, vulnerable, agriculture-dependent communities suffer some of the most severe consequences of natural disasters. Agriculture has a critical role to play not only in eliminating hunger and malnutrition, but also in boosting rural incomes, reversing environmental degradation and increasing resilience to future threats.”

Recovery in Haiti has been hampered by a cholera epidemic, Hurricane Tomas and disputed government elections.

Last year’s landmark CIAT-led Haiti Seed Security System Assessment uncovered acute, long-standing weaknesses in the country’s agriculture, and made a series of recommendations for improving the agriculture in the country, and strengthening the rural economy. Click to read more.

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