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Poor spring harvests and an indecisive start to the summer campaign

  • Key Message Update
  • Haiti
  • July 2019
Poor spring harvests and an indecisive start to the summer campaign

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Below average precipitation is observed in July, except in Centre, Nord, Nord-Est and Artibonite. Spring crops sown in March and early April produced more or less satisfactory results. Nevertheless, the plots planted in April and May did not yield the expected results, which causes difficulties for the summer campaign.

    • Activities for the summer campaign have started, with a relative increase in demand for labor, mitigated by the difficulties of some farmers to start the summer season. The poorest therefore continue to rely on non-farm income sources and, in some cases, negative coping strategies to meet their needs.

    • Despite a seasonal decline, prices of some local agricultural products (maize, beans) and imported products, including rice, are above last year's and their five-year average. The price of imported rice in June increased by about 9% compared with that in May.

    • Livelihoods remain disrupted. The poorest therefore continue to resort to negative coping strategies to meet their food needs. Most regions are in Crisis (IPC, Phase 3), or in Stress (IPC, Phase 2) food insecurity. However, part of the country is not facing food insecurity.

    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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