• Several parts of the country have been in the throes of an extended drought lasting from November of last year to May of this year, particularly the North, the Northeast, and the upper Central Plateau. Among other things, the drought hindered spring farming activities,to the point where there were very few harvests of food crops in these areas. Thanks to the June rains, farmers were able to plant some corn, broad beans, rice, and other crops.
• In contrast, excessive rainfall in June on the Southern Peninsula, where farmers had succeeded in planting crops, damaged the harvest, creating a sizable production shortfall for bean crops in particular. With the late start of the rains, farmers in the Northern, Central, and Artibonite regions were still planting crops in June and July, which is generally the main harvest season.