Angola: Impact of Drought on Food Security and Nutrition, Situation Report No. 1

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 24 May 2012

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Regional Office for Southern Africa. It covers the period from 01 April to 24 May 2012.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

• An estimated 366,780 households (1,833,900 people) are expected to be affected by drought in Angola, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries (MINADERP). The country received less than 60 per cent of normal rain this rainfall season, which lasts from September to early May, resulting in an estimated 400,000 ton decrease in agricultural production nationwide. The worst affected provinces are Bengo, Kwanza Sul, Benguela, Huila, Namibe, Cunene, Moxico, Bie, Huambo and Zaire.

• The impact of the drought on food security is most evident in malnutrition levels. A Ministry of Health (MINSA) and UN Nutrition Working Group rapid assessment estimates that 533,000 children under age 5 could be affected by various levels of malnutrition. The most affected provinces are Huambo,
Kwanza Sul and Bie, where 60 per cent of potentially affected children reside.

• MINADERP has developed a US$ 43 million Drought Response Plan, which was approved by the Council of Ministers in mid-April 2012. The plan includes emergency food assistance and the distribution of agricultural inputs to affected households. The Ministry of the Interior, through the National Civil Protection Services, is coordinating the implementation of the plan of action with MINADERP and the Ministry of Social Assistance (MINARS).

• MINSA is also developing an action plan to address the drought-induced nutrition crisis.

• FAO, UNICEF and WHO are actively working with their ministry partners on the implementation of action plans.

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