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- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Zambia: Floods - Jan 2013
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Mar 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2008
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2007
Improved maize supplies drove national maize and maize meal prices further down in July in all the monitored countries except South Africa (SA) where prices increased by roughly 6 percent. Moreover, national prices were considerably below their respective 5 year aver-age (5YA) except Tanzania, Lesotho and Swaziland.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the second quarter of 2017 (April to June). The maps on pages 6–7 provide impact analysis dis-aggregated to sub-national level.
Regional main staples prices mostly declined, and were below their respective 2016 levels in most areas except Tanzania. Most WFP monitored markets showed normal price level in April and May for maize and maize meal reflecting increased availability. Zambia maize prices increased on average probably in anticipation of a higher price floor to bet set by the government in the coming weeks.
Food security continues to improve as households enjoy better dietary diversity in most districts in monitored provinces
There is a marked increase in the share of households with high dietary diversity in Copperbelt Province
Groundnut prices plummet in Mafinga in Muchinga Province, Petauke in Eastern Province and Choma in Southern Province
Maize prices fall considerably in Nakonde in Mafinga Province, Petauke in Eastern Province and Kaoma in Western Province
Regional main staples prices mostly declined, and were below their respective 2016 levels in most areas. Malawi and Mozambique saw significant month-on-month (m-o-m) price decline of white maize. Zambia registered the highest drop in the number of markets in ALPS Crisis mode reflecting increased availability.
The 2017 Crop Forecast Survey results have been released. Zambia has recorded its highest maize production in recorded history, amounting to 3.6 million mt. With carry-over stock of 570,000 mt from the previous year, the overall maize stocks stand at 4.17 million mt, which is expected to leave a surplus of more than 1 million mt taking into consideration national food consumption requirements and allocation to the national strategic food reserves.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the first quarter of 2017 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
- Food consumption improves in Copperbelt, Eastern and Western provinces but lags behind in Southern province
- There is a marginal reduction in the use of some food-related negative coping strategies
- Prices of maize, beans and groundnuts fall as the main harvest starts
- Maize prices drop sharply in Kawambwa (Luapula), Kapiri Mposhi (Central) and Mwandi (Western) between March and April
The Ministry of Health has issued a clearance letter allowing WFP to import 60,000 sachets of Micronutrient Powders (MNP) into the country. The permit allows WFP to implement the MNP project in 10 schools in Petauke District thru the end of December, 2017.
Maize price trends were mixed in February in the region. Tanzania and the DRC saw significant month-on-month (m-o-m) price increase of their main staple. Zambia and especially Tanzania registered the highest increase in the number of markets in ALPS Crisis.
- Bean and groundnut prices have fallen as households are consuming home grown legumes
- Dietary diversity is worst in Eastern province
- Dietary diversity is similar between households receiving food assistance and those who are not
- Maize prices have risen in Nakonde (Muchinga province), Mansa (Luapula province), Choma (Southern province) and Lundazi (Eastern province)
Despite the Minister of Agriculture’s maize export ban on commercial traders, exports of maize through WFP’s humanitarian window continues. As of 28 February, cumulative tonnage dispatches (13,000 mt contract) was 5,348 mt.
Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.
Maize prices continued to increase in January in most countries in the region. The upward pressure is likely to be due to the peak of the lean season. Overall, maize prices will remain above their average price trend at least until the next harvest. Malawi and Mozambique have the highest number of Maize markets in ALPS Crisis at 71 percent and 100 percent respectively.