Angola Remote Monitoring Update, November 2013
Drought-induced Stressed food insecurity expected through March in the south
Livestock conditions throughout the Southern Livestock, Millet and Sorghum livelihood zone are very poor and the protracted drought continues to negatively affect pasture and water availability for households that rely on the seasonal migration of livestock. In both Namibe and Cunene Province livestock migration occurred earlier, involved more animals, more people, and more time than usual.
The SARCOF outlook for the 2013/14 rainfall season is calling for normal to above-normal rains across the country. Sporadic and heavy rains have been recorded in the northeast part of Namibe (Bibala municipality) and north-central part of Huila Province. The start of season in the southern region is not projected to begin until mid-November.
The majority of households that stayed in their homesteads in drought affected provinces in the south are depending on government food assistance and the market for their basic food needs. Households in Namibe and Cunene Provinces are still facing Stressed acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 2), while pasture and water availability for households in Cuando Cubango are better and as a result of this assistance Minimal (IPC Phase 1!) food insecurity outcomes are projected through March. The national food security task force indicates that Government of Angola plans to continue food distribution in these three areas up until May 2014.