Seasonal Monitor

Rainfall mostly below average during the last two weeks of March

April 8, 2016

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Rainfall was irregularly distributed during the month of March, starting with above-average rainfall during the first 10 days, followed by below-average rainfall during the next two weeks. While the Printemps rainy season does not usually get underway until late March or early April, March cumulative rainfall was still below average across most of the country (Figure 1). Rainfall deficits were highest in focalized areas of in Nord-Ouest, Artibonite, and Centre Departments.

  • Dry conditions observed during March have the potential to affect crops already planted, or to delay some planting activities. Moreover, higher than normal temperatures could reduce soil moisture and further impact crops already planted. NDVI images show lower than normal vegetation levels in parts of Artibonite and Centre Departments.

  • The GFS Forecast indicates an increase in rainfall during the next week, compared to previous several weeks. Between 25 and 75 millimeters of cumulative rainfall are expected in much of Haiti, including the dry areas of Centre and Arbonite Departments.

  

About this Report

The seasonal monitor, produced by the FEWS NET USGS regional scientist and FEWS NET Regional Technical Manager, updates rainfall totals, the impact on production, and the short-term forecast. It is produced every 20 days during the production season. Find more remote sensing information here.

 

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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