FAO launches Haiti food security tool
The Haiti Food Security Emergency Tool brings together data on useable roads, crop calendars, land use, livelihood zones and damage information, gleaned from various sources.
Poor infrastructure as well as impending crop-growing season is raising serious concerns for food security in the Caribbean country. Henri Josserand of the Global information and early warning system has said the prices of commodities has been rising fast. For instance, wheat flour has risen 70 per cent and imported rice is up by 20 to 30 per cent.
The price of local maize and black beans, the main commodities produced in Haiti, have risen by around 30 to 35 per cent.
Haiti is highly dependent on imported food, which accounts for around 60 per cent of the diet. This makes it particularly vulnerable to external price shocks.