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Haiti - Health : Alarming food situation for 8.2 million Haitians
04/01/2024 09:21:26

Haiti - Health : Alarming food situation for 8.2 million Haitians
The World Food Program (WFP - Haiti) estimates that approximately 8.2 million people were estimated to have insufficient food consumption in Haiti in November 2023 (prevalence of 70.8%).

While the situation has slightly improved compared to the previous month (72.4% in October 2023, the high-est rate recorded since WFP monitoring tool was set up in 2021), it remains alarmingly high.

While most basic food commodities are globally available throughout the country, the closure of the border with the Dominican Republic has had some tangible impacts on specific commodities, specifically in border departments such as the North-East.

Based on an analysis around the affordability of the minimum expenditure basket (MEB), it is estimated that between 30 and 35% of Haitians will not be able to afford to buy essential needs in the next 2 months if prices continue to rise.

The season has mostly been drier than average in Haiti and conditions have worsened from August to October, with severely dry conditions in the southern peninsula. In November, a tropical depression brought abnormally important amounts of rainfall, but given the timing (very late in the season) and the intensity (some croplands in the southern peninsula were damaged), such conditions are unlikely to improve perspectives of a drop in agricultural production.

Download the full report on Haiti (English PDF) : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/Bulletin_VAM_WFP_Haiti_Recap_2023Dec-EN.pdf

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