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Reference Date: 02-December-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. 2014 cereal production forecast at sharply reduced levels

  2. Higher cereal imports forecast in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

  3. Rice and maize meal prices remained unchanged and at low levels in November

2014 cereal production forecast at sharply reduced levels

Official estimates of the 2014 cereal season output have been revised sharply downwards. This follows unseasonal dry weather from June through August which affected the 2014 spring season’s cereal crops, the most important for maize which is rainfed, and the summer crops, mainly rice. Cereal production in 2014 is expected to decrease by 40 percent and reach 367 000 tonnes.

Preliminary assessments point to 16 000 families being affected by the drop in production in the Central Plateu, North-West, South-East and Western regions of the country. These families are currently being assisted by WFP with cash-for-work programmes, the Haitian Government with food vouchers and by other UN agencies.

Higher cereal imports forecast in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

Cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast at 705 000 tonnes, 7 percent above last year’s near-average level. The increase mainly reflects higher imports of rice and maize which are expected to increase by 8 and 18 percent, respectively, from last year as a result of the sharp drop in this year’s production.

Rice and maize meal prices remained unchanged and at low levels in November

Prices of main staple imported rice, which represents more than 80 percent of domestic consumption, remained stable in most markets and declined in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in US dollars, following trends in prices from the United States of America, the country’s main supplier. Prices were unchanged or below their levels of a year earlier. Local maize meal prices, the second most important staple, remained stable in most markets and were below their levels from November 2013, in spite of a sharp reduction in 2014 maize production.











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