Hurricane Matthew was the worst hurricane to strike Haiti in more than 50 years, destroying 100 percent of crops in some areas and leaving 1.4 million people in need of immediate humanitarian aid. Today, as many as 400,000 Haitians affected by the hurricane still do not have reliable access to food and water. Many people cannot feed their families and their income from the harvest is diminished. Prior to Hurricane Matthew, Haiti was suffering from a prolonged drought. One in five children suffers from chronic malnutrition. Agriculture is one of the most promising sectors for economic growth in Haiti, but it has been threatened by natural disasters, climate change and other factors.
Camp Perrin, Haiti
Damaged crops post Hurricane Matthew. Haitian farmers in the South & South East of Haiti lost 80%-100% of their crops. Their highest paying cash crop is their world renown coffee and cacao.
The majority of palm trees that products coconuts have been damaged along with the green tropical pastures. Homes, schools, clinics, and business have also been affected from the hurricane.
In the mountainous valley of Jacmel where the soil is rich and fertile, high quality coffee cherries from the Arabica tree produced abundant flavorful Haitian Bleu coffee.