Angola Drought Assessment Special Report, October 31, 2013

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 31 Oct 2013 View Original


• Due to severe drought in most of the Southern Livestock, Millet, and Sorghum livelihood zone in early 2013, water availability, pasture conditions, and harvests are significantly below-average. In Namibe Province this is the second consecutive year of drought for many households. In both Namibe and Cunene livestock migration occurred earlier, involved more animals, more people, and more time than usual.

• Given current conditions and expectations for average rainfall, poor households in Namibe and Cunene are expected to be Stressed (Phase 2) until harvests arrive in March. In comparison, access to water and livestock conditions are better in Cuando Cubango, and as a result of assistance, Minimal (IPC Phase 1!) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected over the same period.

• The Angolan government is providing assistance to the affected populations, which is sufficient to meet minimum needs. However, the impact of the food assistance is more effective in Cuando Cubango, where households are receiving regular and complete rations; assistance to households in Namibe and Cunene is less effective in improving food access because of distribution irregularities.