Food Security Outlook Update May 2011


Food insecurity conditions in vulnerable districts from July onwards

Key Messages

• While the Technical Secretariat for the Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN)
Vulnerability Assessment Group (GAV) and partners are planning for annual assessments in the near future, food security appears to be generally stable in most of the country, including in many areas affected by last year’s drought.

• According to the SESTAN/GAV monitoring report, which was recently released, food reserves should last until July for cereals and October for cassava in the southern and central regions of the country, while in the north the duration of food reserves should last until December or even to February 2012 in areas where the second season performs well.

• Until June, the majority of the rural households throughout the country will be able to meet their basic food needs. From July through September, the food security situation in the focus areas (much of the semi-arid areas of the southern and central regions) will depend on the outcomes of the second cropping season, especially in the lowlands. Localized Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity conditions will likely occur, with households experiencing a reduction in food consumption and water availability.

• During a FEWS NET/Tete Provincial Disaster Management Institute (INGC) joint visit to the districts of Mutarara and Changara in central Tete province, stable household food security was observed. In general, food is available, markets are adequately supplied, and prices, despite being above average in some places, are below those of last year, enabling food access for poor households. Livestock and pastures are also in good condition.