Investments the ‘only one way’ toward more resilient Haiti – FAO head

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Haiti President Michel Martelly said more investments into Haiti’s agriculture and transport sectors are needed to help the country become more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. Photo by: Giulio Napolitano / ©FAO

More investments into Haiti’s agriculture and transport sectors are needed to help the country become more resilient to natural disasters and climate change.

This was the key message emphasized by Haitian President Michel Martelly and U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization head José Graziano da Silva at a Nov. 22 news conference in Rome, Italy.

“If we don’t invest today, we will pay the price tomorrow,” the FAO director general said, stressing that investment is the “only one way” to make farmers and Haitians in general more resilient to climate change and other challenges.

Martelly, who is on an official trip to Rome, added that “the problems we are currently experiencing can be seen as opportunities for investors,” Reuters says.

For its part, FAO pledged continued interventions that address not only immediate crisis situations but the root causes of Haiti’s food insecurity and poverty as well.

FAO and Haiti has a standing appeal for $74 million for agriculture rehabilitation programs over the next 12 months. The appeal, according to FAO, has only secured $2.7 million so far. The agency did say that it is expecting a further $5 million to $6 million from different donors.

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