A strong dry spell is hampering the rainy season 2020/21 and the hydrological year in Angola. The drought is especially affecting the south-west provinces, recurrently affected by droughts, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition. In the absence of above-average precipitation, the situation on the ground is not going to improve for many months ahead.
As water supply is diminishing, severe impact on crops has already been reported, with losses up to 40% and high risk for livestock sustenance.
Some media outlets have reported on migratory movements from the most affected areas towards other provinces and to Namibia, despite these destinations being also affected by drought (major issues for crops and livestock also reported in Namibia).
According to the World Food Programme’s food security assessment from January 2021, 3.8 million people in Angola had insufficient food consumption, which is most prevalent in the South of the country. At least 62% of the interviewed households reported using crisis or emergency livelihood coping strategies.