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High prices continue to exacerbate food insecurity

  • Key Message Update
  • Haiti
  • March 2020
High prices continue to exacerbate food insecurity

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    • Following the announcement of the confirmation of two first cases of COVID-19 in Haiti on March 19 by the Ministry of Health, the government has taken measures such as the reduction of working hours, the closing of the Haitian/Dominican borders for the transport of people (the transport of goods is maintained) and the closure of textile factories and schools. Some markets have seen a massive increase in customers, which in some cases has resulted in a moderate to large increase in prices between March 17 and 24, up to 28% increase for black peas in Cap-Haitien.

    • The socio-political situation remains calm, despite some panic movements observed in recent days in some markets and supermarkets. However, moderate inflation remains, especially in food, which continues to affect food access for the poorest households.

    • Additionally, favorable rains prompted farmers to start preparations for the spring campaign. In almost all regions, planting, particularly of pigeon peas, cassava, beans and maize is underway. This resulted in a slight rebound in demand for agricultural workers.

    • However, due to the high price of food, poor households will continue to engage in crisis and stress strategies to maintain their basic food consumption. Food insecurity in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Stress (IPC Phase 2) remains, with a gradual increase in the number of people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) until the harvest of spring in June, after which this number is expected to decrease.

    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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