UNITED NATIONS, United States: Post-disaster assessments by the UN food security and emergency food relief agencies in hurricane-hit Haiti have revealed “extensive” damage to crops, livestock and fisheries as well as to infrastructure such as irrigation – with the most affected areas having up to 100 percent crop damage or destruction. According to a situation report issued on Wed yesterday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), local food production and livelihoods have been “almost destroyed” in the southwest departments of Grand’Anse and Sud, where Hurricane Matthew first made landfall in early October. The damage was estimated at $580 million. “With much of the country relying on subsistence production to meet their food needs, restoring agriculture and fishery-based livelihoods is critical to avoid dependency on food aid in the coming months,” said FAO in the report.
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