Lesotho + 8 more

Southern Africa Regional Food Security Update, October 2010



=B7 Baseline assessment for the Joint UN Nutrition programme started on 24 October 2010. Final results expected towards end of November.

=B7 Due to delayed start of the rainy season, planting started a month later than normal. As a result, the Food Security condition will have to be closely monitored in the coming months

=B7 No other information received for this period


=B7 Most of Madagascar has a higher chance of Normal to above normal rainfall, in southern drought prone areas recent high rainfall has been benefical

=B7 According to a recent WFP/FAO CFSAM more than 2.5 million people will be expecting food shortages


=B7 For October the overall food security situation remains good with government having reserves of maize.

=B7 Southern areas are in a more fragile state due to a poor agricultural season.


=B7 Concerns over flooding in the coming months due to forecasted higher than normal rainfall and present high levels of rivers

=B7 Household food reserves are remaining good in all areas except southern provinces where 30% have less than 1 month remaining


=B7 Plans in place for possible flooding in Caprivi region

South Africa

=B7 Consumer Price Index lowest in 5 years

=B7 Closing stock of maize at 3,374MT, enough to cover domestic and export demands.


=B7 Despite improve maize production Swaziland continues to import larger quantities of maize.


=B7 Generally good food availability across the country helped by the record agricultural production for the period 2009/10


=B7 Increasing inflation rate to 4.2% due to increase in prices of food and utilities.

=B7 Beginning of the lean period of a concern in provinces in grain deficit areas.


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