SADC Regional RVAA (as of June 2016)

from Southern African Development Community
Published on 30 Jun 2016 View Original


The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Nino event which threatens to impact negatively on livelihoods and quality of lives. The region experienced a delayed onset of the 2015/2016, rainfall season, followed by erratic rains. Analysis of rainfall performance shows that the October to December 2015 period, which represents the first half of the cropping season, was the driest in more than 35 years in several southern parts of the region

Recommendations (Short-Term)

  • Member States and development partners should provide immediate humanitarian assistance to those households that are critically food insecure;

  • Member States should intensify and scale up the implementation of safety nets and social protection programmes to address chronic vulnerability and build resilience;

  • Governments and cooperating partners should procure locally (in those countries with surpluses) and regionally as one way of promoting increased future production;

  • Member States should continue to implement agricultural input subsidy programmes that are market driven and take into account local climatic conditions;

  • Member States should encourage crop and dietary diversity