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The socio-political and economic crisis and rising prices continue to worsen food security conditions in Haiti

  • Key Message Update
  • Haiti
  • July 2022
The socio-political and economic crisis and rising prices continue to worsen food security conditions in Haiti

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The socio-political and economic climate is deteriorating further, given the scarcity of fuel, which has led to a rise in transport costs and the price of goods. In addition to armed clashes in Cité Soleil, kidnappings are on the increase, preventing the population from carrying out their normal activities, mainly in the metropolitan area.

    • Between July 2021 and July 2022, the official HTG/USD exchange rate rose from 93.68 HTG to 113.84 HTG, a depreciation of almost 22 percent, reinforcing economic agents' inflationary expectations. Staple food prices remain higher than last year's prices and the five-year average.

    • As farmers use the income from the sale of spring harvests to purchase inputs for the upcoming cropping seasons, the below-average spring harvests have little impact on local produce prices, and will have a negative impact on the summer/autumn and winter seasons.

    • Household access to typical food and incomes sources is disrupted by insecurity, inflation and lack of job opportunities, among other factors. The very poor, especially those in the precarious neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, will continue to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) until January 2023. Households in areas where harvests are estimated to be close to average, notably the South, Grand'Anse, and in some communes of Artibonite, the lower Central Plateau, the West, North and North-East, may be Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

    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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