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The spring season begins in the context of the socio-political crisis and rarity of seeds

  • Key Message Update
  • Haiti
  • March 2021
The spring season begins in the context of the socio-political crisis and rarity of seeds

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The rains at the beginning of March prompted sowing activities for the spring season throughout most of the country. According to key informants, most areas are experiencing low seed availability in markets, due to the below average winter harvests, which could lead to limited planting. In Artibonite, agricultural production is disrupted, among other things, by problems with the irrigation canals, causing low water flow.

    • The socio-political context remains tense. In the capital Port-au-Prince, increased insecurity leading to kidnappings and increasingly violent protests hampers economic activity. The sporadic closure of businesses and schools and the limited functioning of markets negatively impact income opportunities, especially for poor urban households.

    • Although below the level of March 2020, the official exchange rate reached 79.17 gourdes on March 30, 2021. However, prices of imported basic products, strongly correlated with the informal market exchange rate which is around 95 gourdes, remain significantly above the five-year average. For example, beans and imported rice are 41 and 54 percent above average, respectively. 

    • Livelihoods are still disrupted, mainly due to low household purchasing power. In the midst of the lean season, very poor households will therefore continue to adopt crisis or stress strategies to maintain the current level of their food consumption. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Stress (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity is therefore observed in most regions.

    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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