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26 Dec 2012 description

 Torrential rains continued for a second week across northern Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.

 Locally heavy daily rains impacted parts of Kenya.

12 Dec 2012 description

1) Moisture deficits remain following a mid-season dry spell for northern Kenya and southern Somalia that occurred in early November and recent drier than average conditions for much of eastern Africa. With a shortened recovery period in the next several weeks for northern Kenya and southern Somalia and an extended period of dryness for southern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania, this could result in a deterioration of pastoral and agro-pastoral conditions.

05 Dec 2012 description

1) Moisture deficits remain following a mid-season dry spell that occurred in early November and recent drier than average conditions. With a shortened recovery period in the next several weeks, this could result in a deterioration of pastoral and agro-pastoral conditions, and possible crop yield reductions by the end of season throughout parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and eastern Tanzania.

26 Nov 2012 description


The 2012/2013 rainfall season is starting normally in most areas in the region.

Several areas in the region are starting the season with below-average vegetation conditions.

Forecasts call for below-normal rains in several of the areas affected by last season’s drought.

09 Nov 2012 description


  • In line with the original SARCOF forecast, the latest SADC CSC update predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region, with significant exceptions.

  • The whole of Madagascar is now expected to receive above-normal to normal rainfall, increasing the chances of flooding.

  • The first tropical cyclone this season – Anais – formed on 12 October and dissipated by 19 October without making landfall.

  • Early flooding in South Africa led to the Declaration of Provincial Disaster in the Eastern Cape.

31 Oct 2012 description

The SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA) Programme which comprises the multi-agency Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (RVAC) and the National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs), reported that the SADC generally experienced poor rainfall performance for crop production during the 2011/12 growing season. Many parts, especially in the southern half of the region experienced late onset of rains, followed by widespread localized prolonged gry spells especially in the second half of the season when most of the crops were at critical development stages.

01 Oct 2012 description

Maize grain prices rise as regional supplies tighten

Key messages

23 Aug 2012 description

Food insecurity to rise as staple food harvests fail to meet region’s requirements

Key messages

Although most parts of the region will remain food secure following the recent main season crop harvests, reduced harvests in areas affected by prolonged mid-season dry spells and /or floods have resulted in pockets of acute food insecurity in localized areas. In these parts of the region food access is already problematic for the affected households, and the lean season is expected to begin much earlier than the normal October/November start.

31 Jul 2012 description

Overview 2011/12 Crop Production Season

  • Regional cereal harvest (maize, rice, wheat, sorghum and millet) dropped by 4% in 2012 compared to 2011,but still 5% above five year average - 2012 harvest lowest in past 3 years
  • Compared to 2011 harvest, all countries experienced a decrease in cereal production except Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania, estimated to have some increases
Overview 2012/13 Marketing Year: Cereal Balance
  • Overall regional maize surplus of 57,000 metric tonnes projected in current marketing year, down 98% from 2.73 million …
31 Jul 2012 description


Regional Food Security Outlook

  • Late onset and prolonged dry spells resulted in depressed production in many parts of the region

  • Projected 2012/13 regional maize surplus down 98% compared to 2011/12

  • SADC harvest lowest in past 3 years

  • Malnutrition levels remain very high in the SADC region

  • Some food insecure populations require immediate humanitarian assistance

  • 3% drop in 2012 cereal harvest compared to 201

23 Jul 2012 description



13 Jul 2012 description

Significant food price reductions contribute to stable food security conditions

Key Messages

  • As projected in the June Outlook, generally favorable food security conditions are expected to prevail throughout the region from July to September 2012. Main harvests have increased the availability of staple foods at the household level and in local markets. As food prices continue to drop in line with season patterns, food access has improved for most market-dependent households.

09 Jul 2012 description

Favourable food security conditions persist across most of the region; however localized acute food insecurity is being experienced in the following countries:

In southern and central Malawi, it is estimated that 1.63 million people (11% of the population) are food insecure, and will require support for 3 to 8 months.

Approximately 84,000 households are experiencing severe food insecurity, partly due to floods, cyclones and locust infestation.

25 Jun 2012 description

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) joins the rest of the world in commemorating this year’s World Water Day with a call for more investments towards the development of water infrastructure in the region in order to improve assurance of water supply for domestic, industrial, energy and food security.

21 Jun 2012 description

Regional food security conditions to remain favorable through September 2012

Key Messages

  • Favorable food security conditions are exist across the region; most staple foods are readily available and accessible from both own production and local markets. These conditions are expected to prevail through the Outlook period and beyond, especially in areas that had a favorable agricultural production season.

12 Jun 2012 description

A CERF application has been submitted for US$ 7.67 million, but the amount will be reduced to US$ 5 million. The total amount required for the humanitarian response is around $104 million. The total number of affected people is 2,223,096 of which 1,833,900 are directly affected by food insecurity in 7 provinces. This includes 294,209 children under the age of 5 who are affected by acute malnutrition. In addition, 150,000 people are in need of water supply.

18 May 2012 description

Key Messages

  • Food security conditions over most parts of Southern Africa remain satisfactory and conditions are expected to remain so throughout the Outlook period. The projected average to above-average maize harvests are assessed to be sufficient to meet the region’s requirements for the next six months and beyond.

  • Current reports indicate that household food access has improved and increased on-farm food supplies have eased the pressure on local markets. Prices have stabilized, and in some cases, started dropping.