Some 4 million people in Haiti are food insecure, and an additional 1 million suffer from poor economic access to food. The spring harvest was poor due to insufficient rainfall at a critical period for crop development. Some areas are facing a second consecutive year of poor crop production. Tropical storm Isaac damaged summer crops and caused localized damage of up to 90 per cent on maize, beans, banana, fruit). Areas most affected by crop losses include the North-West, South-East and West départements.
National food production will only cover half of food needs. Commercial imports will not entirely offset the deficit. Furthermore, food prices started to increase last August, which will impact the urban population.