The southern African continent is highly vulnerable to extreme climatological events, due to the combination of insufficient coping capacity, widespread poverty and strong seasonal rainfall patterns. The region is experiencing a meteorological drought.
This region has a strong precipitation seasonality, with most of the annual rainfall falling between November and March. The meteorological drought experienced in the region could impact the next lean season.
In most affected areas, sowing stage was delayed and food security decreased for most low-income rural households, which depend on rain fed crops, in particular in Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique, southern Angola and locally in Namibia. Moreover, reservoir levels are generally decreasing across most countries.