Hurricane Irma mostly spared Haiti, but for struggling farmers, the damages are devastating

September 9, 2017

On Friday, when Hurricane Irma’s red alert — Haiti’s highest level of threat — was finally lifted and a contingent of U.N. Brazilian peacekeepers, making the 200-mile trek from Port-au-Prince, rolled into the northwest, the non-profit group Action Against Hunger warned that a fair amount of the population living in the five regions affected by Irma will feel the impact. 

The damages will be extremely difficult for vulnerable, small-scale farmers in the northwest, the group said.

“These small-scale farmers have no other source of income. If they lose their primary and only source of income, they are left with nothing,” said Mathieu Nabot, Action Against Hunger’s country director in Haiti. “They have no backup. That is the reason why the impact is strong in the northwest.”