The Department of Grand'Anse can not fully recover from Hurricane Matthew, which caused losses in human life and ravaged plantations and road infrastructure in October 2016. According to the European Union, this department is not immune to the food and nutrition insecurity that affects the living conditions of about 1.4 million people in the country.
To help the people of Grand'Anse get back on their feet, the European Union, together with Care Haiti, Catholic Relief Service and ACTED, launched, in the presence of local elected officials, the "Pro Resilience South" project. This initiative is part of a vision to strengthen the response capacity of this population to climate hazards. Over a period of three years, these organizations will have to implement this project at Irois, Pestel, Corail, Roseaux, Beaumont, Anse d'Hainault and Jérémie.
With an envelope valued at € 11 million, these organizations promise to repair agricultural roads, provide farmers and fishermen with adequate tools to work efficiently. At the same time, the actors intend to promote the rational management of natural resources and the environment to reduce the harmful effects of natural disasters in this region.
Increasing the production of agricultural value chains and increasing the incomes of rural populations are, among other things, the objectives targeted by these institutions in order to guarantee food security.
If these organizations aim to improve the nutrition mode of the Jeremiah population, they also plan to set up warning systems in case of food crisis. This resilience project, which is a fight against food insecurity, highlights the need for this population to have access to health centers to respond to the scourge of malnutrition that affects two out of five children in Haiti.
In his address, EU Ambassador Vincent Degert pointed out that this project is part of the continuity of post-Matthew interventions. According to him, this project goes beyond the logic of emergency aid. Thus, the EU prioritises more sustainable and sustainable actions for the benefit of communities. These actions coordinated in partnership with the municipalities tend to make the population of this department resilient.
Without language, the ambassador took the opportunity to remind the relevant authorities of the obligation to adopt a national food and nutrition security policy. It deems it necessary for the ministries concerned to agree and create an entity to implement the policy.