Seasonal rainfall has been below normal in the south-western peninsula of Haiti, affecting crop development and prolonging the lean season until the August/September harvest.
The June IPC round in Haiti indicated that most departments are facing IPC phase 2 ‘stressed’ conditions. Some households within these areas – such as the agro-pastoral areas of North, Artibonite and Central Highlands - are at phase 3 ‘crisis’. These outcomes are the result of a late start to the rainy season, hurricane impacts in 2012 and resulting declines in casual labour opportunities. In addition, the prices of imported foods are high reducing purchasing power. Access to water remains precarious for a large part of the population.