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Climate change in Haiti: Investing in mangoes instead of coffee?

12 May, 2014 by Stefanie Neno

With approximately 80% of its population living on less than US$2 a day, Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas.

The major earthquake that struck the country in 2010 seriously damaged the economy, especially its agriculture, which contributes 25% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and employs almost 58% of the labor force.

As if this were not enough, the same year, a hurricane caused major damage to infrastructure and crops and, in 2012, a series of extreme weather events – including drought, the tropical storm Isaac, and hurricane Sandy – further cut into agricultural output and slowed economic growth.

Haiti’s high exposure to climate risks is obvious. Besides, models predict an average temperature increase of 1.8°C by 2050, a jump in the temperature of the hottest month from 30.9°C to 32.9°C, and a 10% decline in rainfall during the driest month. Understanding the impacts of climate change on the production of Haiti’s high-value crops is therefore im…


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