Recent increases in maize and fuel prices in South Africa, coupled with an anticipated drop in maize production in South Africa and locally, are likely to increase food prices from May, weakening the purchasing power of poor households in Lesotho.
Due to prolonged dry spells experienced from late February for most of southern and eastern Zambia, below average crop yields are expected. Late planted crops are stressed and reaching permanent wilting point with minimal prospects for recovery.
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee rapid food security assessment in February has identified about 620,000 people in 17 districts across the country that will face acute food security outcomes from March to July and possibly the entire 2015/2016 consumption season due to heavy rains and flooding negatively affecting people’s livelihoods.
Prolonged dry spells and erratic seasonal rainfall in the southern parts of Zimbabwe, including Matebeleland North, and parts of Midlands and Manicaland Provinces, resulted in severe crop wilting and loss. The main harvests in these areas is expected to be one of the worst in the past five years. Poor households in these traditionally cereal-deficit areas are finding it difficult to afford essential non-food items and are expected to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) by April.