Normal to above-normal rainfall is predicted for January to March 2018. While conducive to agricultural production, the rains will inevitably lead to flooding, and tropical cyclones will likely affect Indian Ocean countries.
Preliminary results of the Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis in June 2016 indicate that 39.7 million people will be acutely food insecure in the SADC region at the peak of the lean season in January to March 2017.
An estimated 40 million people are facing food insecurity, including some 23 million needing urgent assistance. The Regional Action Plan, with a requirement of $1.2 billion, is only 17 per cent funded to date.