World Bank provides funds to support Haiti’s food security during COVID-19 pandemic

New York Carib News, By ohtadmin | on May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC)— The World Bank says that it has activated US$9.5 million to provide immediate funding for Haiti’s agriculture sector to support food security in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The World Bank is working closely with the Haitian authorities at the central and local levels, along with development partners, to help the country address the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Anabela Abreu, World Bank Country Director for Haiti.

“The local agriculture sector supplies up to 45 percent of Haitian food needs. Safeguarding agriculture will be essential to mitigating the impacts of this crisis, particularly for the rural poor,” she added.

The Washington-based financial institution said nearly 35 percent of Haiti’s population already needed urgent food support before the crisis.

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