We will be working with the Haitian people, to not only feed them today but to help equip them to live for a lifetime.
Food insecurity and hunger are chronic issues in Haiti, which is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the second most densely populated. Rapid population growth and periods of economic decline linked mainly to political and social turmoil are only some of the factors that have led to dramatic poverty for most of Haiti’s people. The socio-economic indicators of the UN Human Development Index for 2007/2008 ranked Haiti 146th among 177 countries.
Although agriculture is an important sector in the overall economy, Haiti does not produce enough food crops and livestock to feed its people. The country has to import 60 per cent of the food it needs, including as much as 80 per cent of the rice it consumes.
There is a dramatically large gap between rich and poor, and inequality is likely to increase as the income gap widens even further. The poorest 40 per cent of the population have access to less than 6 per cent of the country’s income, and the richest 2 per cent of Haiti’s people control 26 per cent of national wealth. Haiti’s poorest people depend mainly on self-employment and remittances for their income, while poor people who are relatively better off derive their income mainly from wage earnings and remittances. Remittances are crucial for the survival of broad sectors of the population.