On November 22nd, 2012, PADF Country Director Nadia Cherrouk and the Haitian Minister of Agriculture Thomas Jacques signed an MOU between the two organizations to deliver desperately needed food aid to the Southeast of Haiti. Signed in the presence of Klaus Eberwein, Haiti’s Fund for Social and Economic Assistance Director, the MOU reinforced the collaboration between PADF and the public sector to aid the most vulnerable segments of the Haitian population.
The Southeast will receive the food aid at a critical time-already hit by a draught earlier this year, the region was further battered by Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. Millions of dollars worth of crops were destroyed, along with serious damage to infrastructure. As a result, the Southeast has been declared a high-risk zone for food insecurity by the Haiti Commission for Food Security (CNSA).
In response, the Ministry of Agriculture (MARNDR) has been mobilizing its partners to assure a comprehensive response that addresses both short-term needs and long-term goals. In the short-term, it was determined that an immediate food-distribution would be needed. PADF, mobilizing the foundation’s own partners, secured a donation of 12,106 metric tons of food from the American non-profit « Feed my Starving Children ». The food, which will be distributed with FAES, will provide an estimated 272,160 meals for families most at-risk for food insecurity in the Southeast of Haiti.
This intervention comes on the heels of PADF’s emergency relief distribution for storm victims, including safe-housing support, which gave families the tools and material to better secure their homes for harsh weather conditions. Updates on the distribution of the food aid will be posted shortly.