This reduction in aid comes at a time when Haiti is facing a severe humanitarian crisis, with almost half of its population, approximately 4.9 million people, unable to access sufficient food.
Additional cuts are possible
“It is unfortunate that some of the most vulnerable Haitians will not be able to reach this month. These cuts could not come at a worse time, as the Haitian people face a multi-layered humanitarian crisis , their lives and livelihoods upended by violence, insecurity, economic chaos and climate shocks,” said Jean-Martin Bauer, WFP Country Director for Haiti.
“Unless we receive immediate funding, further damaging cuts cannot be ruled out.”
In different regions, similar crises have arisen from the reduction of funds that have led to significant cuts in emergency aid provision. In West Africa, the number of individuals receiving substantial assistance from WFP decreased from 11.6 million to 6.2 million.
And in Syria, instead of providing aid to 5.5 million people, that number was reduced to three million who were given priority. In Jordan, approximately 50,000 of the 465,000 refugees will see their support cut, the agency reported.
WFP’s response plan in Haiti for the first half of 2023 is only 16 percent funded, leaving a shortfall of $121 million needed to sustain essential humanitarian assistance until the end of the year.
In the first half of 2023, WFP was able to provide 450,000 school children in Haiti with a hot meal. For many, this is their only full meal of the day. However, without additional funding, almost half of these children will lose access to school meals when they return to school after the summer break.
“We are proud of what we have done so far in 2023, thanks to the support from our donors. We have the people, the plan, and the capacity to continue, but at this point, without immediate funding, we are forced to of cuts that mean thousands of the most vulnerable Haitians will not receive aid this year,” Mr. Bauer said.
“This is not the time to cut corners. It’s time to step up. We will not let the Haitian people down when they need us the most.”