Key Message Update

Low rainfall delays Summer campaign in dry and semi-humid areas

August 2018

August - September 2018

L'ensemble du pays se trouve en phases 1 et 2 de l'IPC.

October 2018 - January 2019

L'ensemble du pays se trouve en phases 1 et 2 de l'IPC.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • The late and low rainfall hamper seeding for the Summer campaign, which started well only in the humid mountains. Additionally, Spring harvests reached their peak in July in areas where this campaign was successful and was sown in March. Below normal production is expected due to drought. On the other hand, banana, root and tuber and fruit crops are normal.

  • Some households are adopting new coping strategies such as the consumption of non-preferred products and seem uncertain about the upcoming reopening of classes. On the other hand, non-agricultural sources of income (notably charcoal sales and labor in the Dominican Republic) remain at a normal level.

  • In July, the price of local maize showed relative stability compared to June, while that of black pea fell (more than 7%). The price of imported rice continues to rise and be above the five-year average.

  • The whole country will therefore remain in Stressed (IPC, Phase 2) and in Minimal (IPC, Phase 1) food insecurity. Some households in the Haut-Plateau, the Nord and the Nord-Est could be in crisis (IPC, Phase 3), given the impact of the drought on their livelihoods, but in an insufficient number to change the area classification.

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