Hunger in Haiti has the attention of the world. It is a problem compelling international organizations to generate sustainable solutions to fight it. Recent data demonstrates the extent to which the Haitian people are malnourished. According to the Global Hunger Index, Haiti, Zambia and the Central African Republic have the highest proportion of undernourished people: between 47.7 and 53.4 percent of the population. In Haiti alone, which recorded a population of 10,711,067 in 2015, over half, 5.7 million are undernourished. The endemic affects both the young and the old. Nearly a quarter of the children under 5 years of age experience complications from stunted growth due to malnutrition and the life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 63.074 years.
A number of NGOs report that there’s an ample food supply in the world to combat hunger. But Haiti presents its own set of challenges. Defeating hunger in Haiti requires an ongoing, collective commitment to determine what sets of factors continue to ravage efforts to provide wide-scale nourishment across the country. The task is difficult, as the global community lacks the entirety of information it needs to affect change. Right now, gathering data about Haiti’s hunger problem is being collected, analyzed and disseminated to parties responsible for developing practical solutions.
HavServe’s mission is to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in Haiti, prioritizing the Zero Hunger initiative, which is to end global hunger by 2030 and create sustainable food systems. Three areas of focus drive the mission of HavServe: hunger, child development, and education. What can be done to address climate change, poverty and providing quality education? The answer demands data. Volunteers on the ground in Haiti are collecting field data in these areas, but more volunteers, donations, and funding are needed to support the practices that will lead to ending hunger.
Information plays a crucial role in delivering solutions. Hunger is a solvable problem and everybody can help be a part of it. Whether it’s giving a donation or hands-on action, any tangible contribution will become a part of a process towards ending hunger. Even if your fight against hunger starts by spreading the word, that knowledge can become a critical first step towards saving a life.
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