After Hurricane Matthew swept through the island nation of Haiti a few weeks ago, the severely impacted country has a major food crisis on their hands. It is estimated that around 1.4 million Haitians are in need of food assistance following the devastating storm that killed over a thousand people and damaged countless farms, structures, and businesses.
In a joint statement made this week by the U.N.'s World Food Program, the Haitian National Coordination for Food Security, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, and the government of Haiti, it was revealed that nearly 800,000 of the millions who have been affected by the destruction are in "dire need of immediate food aid."
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In a call for aid from other nations, Miguel Barreto, regional director of the World Food Program, says that Haiti's local products will soon be depleted and the organization urgently needs more funding. Though the agency has been able to distribute three thousand metric tons of emergency rations to 200,000 people so far, that number is still a far cry from the amount that is in immediate and dire need.