Delays in input distribution may adversely impact the 2014/15 agricultural season
- Food from own production and market purchases continues to be available to the majority of households across the country. However, food prices are showing a stabilizing trend instead of a declining trend that is typical for this time of the year. These stable price trends might indicate a decrease in some food stocks in main markets.
- The start of the Rural Development Program Is delayed and this is delaying the distribution of agricultural inputs to poor households and could negatively impact planting times and crop choices.
- Meat prices in and around Namibe have been increasing in recent months; likely a sign that most pastoralists are choosing to keep their animals due to slightly better pasture conditions. In Cunene pastoralists fearing drought are engaging in a late transhumance, which might affect both animal body conditions and food security outcomes in the medium-term.
- Small pockets of poor households in the Coastal, Fish, Horticulture, and Non-farm income zone and in the less populated areas of Cunene and Namibe (Southern Livestock, Millet, and Sorghum zone) will continue to be Stressed (Phase 2) between September and December. During this same period areas in the Southern Livestock zone will face Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes.