Weather shocks and poor harvest leave 1.5 million Haitians food insecure

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WFP operations in Haiti (Copyright: WFP/David Orr)

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it's extremely concerned about the situation of 1.5 million people who need external food assistance in Haiti.

According to the United Nations food agency, extreme weather shocks of storms and hurricanes and poor harvest have left the people severely food insecure.

WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs says that the agency is pre-positioning food for the current season from June to November 2013.

"The food is pre-positioned for 300,000 people for one month and also for emergency rations for two days. So we are ready but the situation is quite dire because there are about 1.5 million people severely food insecure in Haiti and a further 6.7 million people who struggle to meet their own food needs on a regular basis." (28")

Elisabeth Byrs says that among the 1.5 million severely food insecure people in Haiti are children who need assistance.

She says the situation is worsening and more than 50 per cent of the rural population of Haiti doesn't have enough food.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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