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Haiti's damaged food sector slowly begins to mend
Food production in Haiti is slowly recovering but still remains significantly below the levels that existed prior to the January 2010 earthquake, according to the report of an FAO-WFP joint assessment mission released today. Haiti's 2010 spring harvest, compared to 2009, saw bean production drop by 17 percent and declines in maize, sorghum and plaintain of eight, four and five percent respectively, it found.
Forecasts combining the spring harvest with expected production from the summer season suggest that Haiti's overall crop output for 2010 will be about 1.2 million tonnes of root crops, 503 600 tonnes of cereals, 313 200 tonnes of plantain and 148 000 tonnes of pulses. This represents a reduction of 12 percent, 9 percent, 14 percent and 20 percent, respectively, compared to 2009.
The FAO/WFP team estimated Haiti's total food import requirement for the 2010/11 (July/June) marketing year at 711 000 tonnes (in cereal equivalent) of which 525 000 tonnes are expected to be imported commercially. This leaves an uncovered deficit of about 186 000 tonnes.