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An encouraging outlook thanks to a positive hiver campaign, particularly in the south

  • Key Message Update
  • Haiti
  • January 2018
An encouraging outlook thanks to a positive hiver campaign, particularly in the south

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In the Nord, livelihood disruptions following Irma are leading to Crisis (IPC phase 3) food insecurity outcomes in HT02 (Nord/Nord-Est). The rest of the country, including Grand-Anse and the Southern Coast that were expected to be in Crisis between February and May 2018, will be in Stress or Minimal food insecurity (IPC phase 1 and 2).

    • In the Nord-Est, the impact from Irma and heavy rains keeps disrupting agricultural activities, particularly in the lowlands. Farmers were unable to start hiver crops; harvests were inexistent, except in mountain areas: Sainte Suzanne, Mont Organisé, Carice and Vaillère. However, yields in these areas are lower than normal due to the lack of investment capacity linked to the loss of income. 

    • Above average rainfall helped the onset of hiver crops in the rest of the country and allowed harvests of beans, banana, pigeon pea, roots and tubers. Cash and Food for Work activities initiated by Oxfam and the Ministry of Agriculture in the Cayes’ lowland increased the income for the poorest households, improving their food consumption. More than 2000 families beneficiated from the program, 50% of which are located in Tiburon. 

    • Markets are well furnished in seasonal local produce but prices remain high, except for the bean (-3%). In the Nord, bean prices are high in the areas where November plantations have not been harvested yet. Imported rice prices remain stable and local maize has slightly increased (less than 3%). Imported maize price remains at two times above the price of local maize despite a recent depreciation of the gourde. 

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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