Increased rainfall improves crop and pasture conditions in parts of the south
Rainfall has improved in most of the Southern Livestock, Millet, and Sorghum livelihood zone, with the exception of large parts of Namibe Province, and this is having a positive impact on vegetation conditions. Cattle conditions are also improving, which is encouraging some pastoralists to start returning to their areas of origin.
The temporary interruption of train services in the southern corridor (Namibe-Lubango-Menongue) coupled with the scarcity of foodstuff in source markets is exerting upward pressure on prices in some markets in the south. These price increases could start to constrain access to food for poorer households.
Though there is recent improvement in crop and pasture conditions, the combination of increasing food prices and dwindling food stocks are expected to result in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food security outcomes for both December and the January-March period in the Southern Livestock, Millet, and Sorghum livelihood zone.