Southern Africa Regional Food Security Update, February 2012

- Due to poor and erratic rains at the beginning of the season most farmers in the lowland areas have not planted. - Prices of maize meal (staple food) are gradually increasing.

- Rice production has decreased by 9% and local rice prices have increased by 11% compared to 2010 campaign.
- The National Meteorology Department has forecasted a very active cyclone season this year – Cyclone Giovanna about to make landfall

- Poor and erratic rains were observed during the planting period in Central and Southern Malawi
- About 6196 people have been affected by floods and displaced and further destroying about 730 hectares of maize, 14.5 hectares of Brush Millet, and 45.9 hectares of sorghum and 416.3 hectares of cotton.

- A total of 119,471 people were affected by cyclones Dando and Funso. Infrastructure damages and crop losses were also reported mainly in the coastal districts
- WFP will provide about 807,300 MT of cereals for a total of 83,924 people being 77,424 people in Zambezia and 6,500 people in Maputo provinces.

- No reports given

South Africa
- The projected closing of stocks of maize for the current 2011/12 marketing season is 693,000 tons, the lowest recorded since 1992-1993.
- Spot prices for both white maize and yellow maize on the SAFEX remain very high, this could lead to an increased planting area this year.

- The inflation rate leapt to 7.76% from the 6.54% reported in December
- Increase in fuel Prices have resulted in 75% increase in public transport fees.
- Recent floods to affect agricultural yields for 2011/2012 season.

- The general food security situation in the country has remained fairly good despite been in the peak of the lean period with most districts reporting to have enough staple food commodities on the markets.

- Cereal production this year is likely to be lower than last year due to erratic rainfall
- Grain prices are continuing to rise across the country

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