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UN Puts Together $10M Relief Package for Haiti


Two United Nations food agencies are putting together a $10.2 million package to help Haitian farmers devastated by recent hurricanes.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) made the announcement in a statement Monday. The FAO says the aid, which includes a package for seeds and other supplies, should help small farmers whose harvests were wiped out earlier this year.

The statement also says the U.N.'s Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is providing the funding.

The U.N. also notes that Haiti has already been suffering severe food shortages due to rising food costs.

Separately, U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said Monday that more than 30,000 Haitians are still living in shelters and many lack access to food, clean water, and sanitation.

Holmes recently returned to the U.S. from a two-day visit to Haiti.

The U.N. has appealed for more than $107 million in aid for Haiti but has received only about 40 percent of that amount in pledges.

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