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UN: 1 in 3 need urgent food aid in Haiti

More than a third of Haitians are facing "severe food insecurity", sparked by price hikes, dwindling agricultural production and widespread social unrest, the UN's World Food Programme warned on Friday.

A study conducted last month showed that out of Haiti's 11 million inhabitants, nearly 3.7 million are in a situation of "severe food insecurity," WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel told journalists in Geneva.

Among them, more than one million people are considered to be facing a food "emergency," just one step away from "famine," meaning families face extreme hardship to meet their food needs, the agency said.

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