The country is in the peak of the lean season and the food security situation has deteriorated, even in the presence of some half rations being distributed across many parts of the country. Most southwestern areas continue to face Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes, while most northern areas are currently facing Minimal (IPC Phase 1!) food insecurity outcomes in the presence of assistance.
Continued funding shortfalls for the Seasonal Targeted Assistance (STA) has resulted in continued half rations for a reduced number of households. The number of targeted districts has been reduced from 39 to 16 districts.
The green harvest has started in some northern areas that planted their crops early. Elsewhere in the southern areas, crop conditions continue to be good and most crops are in the reproductive stage.
Due to excessive rains received in the last week of January through mid February, households in selected areas in Muzarabani, Gokwe, Middle Sabi, Tsholotsho, Chiredzi, Chivi and Mwenezi districts are under a serious flood threat. Both shelter and crops have been affected in these areas and continued heavy rains could have a negative impact on crop yields.