Alianza por la Solidaridad inicia con la UE un programa para recuperar la seguridad alimentaria de 44.000 personas en Haití

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tras el huracán Matthew, meses de intensas lluvias han impedido que las cosechas salieran adelante y la situación sigue siendo dramática. Con este proyecto, financiado por la UE y en colaboración con la FAO, se busca la recuperación de los medios de vida de los más vulnerables

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Alliance for Solidarity, together with the Organization of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and funded by the European Union, launched in Haiti a humanitarian aid aims to support the Ministry of Agriculture of the country meet the needs of food and livelihoods of families victims of hurricane Matthew and who are in a dire need since.,es

The project "Rehabilitation and strengthening livelihoods of rural families affected by Hurricane Matthew in South and Southeast departments" will be financed by the Directorate General of Civil Protection and Disaster Humanitarian Aid of the European Commission (ECHO) to 2,804 .660 euros, of which 254,658 are co-financed. "The drop in local production and increased prices of staple foods in the markets of the areas affected by Hurricane have had a very negative impact on the ability of the most vulnerable to access adequate food families. Meet these needs and provide livelihoods are now top priorities, "says Jordi Torres, head of the Humanitarian Aid Office of the EU in Haiti.,es

El trabajo será desarrollado por la FAO y a Alianza por la Solidaridad, ONG española que trabaja desde hace 12 años en proyectos de seguridad alimentaria en el Departamento Sudeste de Haití. Alianza por la Solidaridad será la responsable del reparto de la asistencia alimentaria y de medios de vida en las comunas de Bainet, Côtes-de-Fer y Port-à-Piment para un total de 44.000 personas, una distribución especialmente enfocada a grupos vulnerables como son las mujeres.

Hay que recordar que la agricultura supone casi el 25% del PIB en Haití, pero tras el paso del Matthew los sistemas de producción quedaron severamente dañados en los departamentos donde ésta es la actividad principal, generando pérdidas por valor de 1.100 millones de euros y dejando a cerca de un millón y medio de personas en una grave situación de inseguridad alimentaria.

The hurricane devastated the crops, but also livelihoods (pets, tools, fishing gear, etc.) that allowed families to survive. Alliance for Solidarity has found that in the months since then, the torrential rains that have hit the territory have caused further damage on land that was already in bad conditions, bringing the total depletion of reserves that had adds families and communities.,es

En este marco se desarrolla el proyecto de ayuda humanitaria de la FAO y Alianza por la Solidaridad. Gracias al mismo, un total de 8.800 hogares en las comunas mencionadas recibirán ayuda alimentaria a través de transferencias de dinero que les permitirán salir adelante en el actual periodo de escasez de alimentos. Asimismo, se facilitarán semillas a las familias de agricultores, acompañadas de formación en prácticas adecuadas para mitigar el impacto del cambio climático; se crearán viveros agroforestales en las comunidades; se impartirá educación nutricional; y se reactivará la pesca artesanal.

The distribution of cash assistance by the Alliance for Solidarity will be made by the system of "cash for work" (cash for work), which is that it gives money in exchange for certain jobs in communities previously agreed with leading them (repair roads, schools, slopes at risk of landslides, water point, etc.). "This system dignifies humanitarian aid rather than food delivery, since they can use the money for food but also for schools and health care," says Neftalí Bernabé Muñoz, coordinator of the Alliance project in Haiti. Only special cases where families can not perform community service, the money will go directly.,es

In other cases, delivery of seeds (resistant to climate change), agricultural tools and fishing gear will be made according to the needs of each family. The goal is that they can start planting in July for a first harvest in late August or September. "So far, have survived helping each community, but there is nothing," said Bernabé Muñoz from the field. "There are communities that we will go to this project have not yet received any outside help," he adds.,es

La FAO, por su parte, proporcionará asistencia técnica para facilitar la aplicación de las mejores prácticas resistentes a los riesgos climáticos y mejorar el estado nutricional de los hogares.

La selección de los beneficiarios se ha realizado siguiendo unos criterios previamente fijados que establecen la vulnerabilidad de las familias.

Las actividades de campo de este proyecto, que continuarán hasta febrero de 2018, ya han comenzado.


The European Union and its Member States are a leading global donor of humanitarian aid. Through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs, without discrimination of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.,en
This document covers humanitarian aid activities implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains,en

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