Hurricane Mitch and the livelihoods of the rural poor in Honduras uri icon

abstract

  • This paper assesses the extent to which Hurricane Mitch affected the rural poor in Honduras and whether national and international aid efforts succeeded in providing relief. One of every two surveyed households incurred medical, housing, or other costs due to Mitch. One in three suffered from a loss in crops. One in five lost assets. One in 10 lost wages or business income. Relief was most often provided by churches and nongovernmental organizations. It consisted mainly of food, clothing, and medicine, and it amounted to less than one-tenth of the losses incurred by households. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 2002
  • 2002
  • 2002