Shelly Grant, a law student and financial representative with the Principal Financial Group, pursues her passion for serving others by doing missionary work in Haiti and Panama. Shelly Grant is deeply involved in antihunger causes through her church, where she holds a leadership role.
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Its poverty arises from a combination of political instability, natural disasters, and environmental problems. For example, in 2010, a massive earthquake hit Haiti, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries. Currently, more than half of Haitians live in poverty.
In 2016, food insecurity in Haiti is worse than it has been since the early 2000s. According to the United Nations, the problem stems largely from environmental factors linked to El Niño-associated warming that has killed many Haitian crops. In the years before the severe El Niño of 2016, Haitian agricultural productivity was already on the decline.
The productivity slump has caused malnutrition to spike substantially. Food scarcity encourages increases in food prices, which already account for over half of Haitian families’ spending.