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Fuel shortages leading to increases in commodity prices

  • Key Message Update
  • Haiti
  • November 2021
Fuel shortages leading to increases in commodity prices

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    • After about two months of shortages, the distribution of fuel products to gas stations resumed across the country. Supply of fuel remains constrained by consumers wanting to guard against a probable scarcity and individuals who buy it to resell it on the informal market at significantly above average prices.

    • Most markets operate at below average levels, due to the fuel shortages and also due to insecurity in Port-au-Prince which affects the cost of public transportation and the flow of goods. As a result, the prices of  local and imported food products continue to increase above last year's levels and above the five-year average.

    • Following a diplomatic incident between the Haitian and Dominican authorities, deportations of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic have been observed on the border. The subsequent strengthening of border point controls is likely to disrupt trade, impact the income of those who depend on migration and increase pressure on Haitian households to accommodate deported families.

    • Apart from irrigated zones, the performance of the fall agricultural season was compromised in areas facing dryness and water deficits since August. Below average harvests are therefore expected. Households in these areas, as well as those residing in poor neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince impacted by gang violence, will face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes. The areas affected by the earthquake last August, benefiting from emergency humanitarian assistance, will therefore face Stressed ! (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes.

    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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