Swaziland mVAM Bulletin #4: May 2017 - Levels of negative coping behaviour fall across the country


Key Points

  • Households in Hhohho and Lubombo are resorting less to negative coping strategies
  • Households headed by women continue to engage more in negative coping than those headed by men
  • Food consumption improves in Manzini
  • Maize meal prices remain higher than the five-year average
  • Sugar bean prices fall

Situation Update

May was characterized by low temperatures in most parts of the country – a sign of the onset of winter. During this period, agricultural activities are at a minimum except for vegetable production under irrigation, which is the predominant source of livelihood for many households during the winter. Given the number of households who have already harvested their fields, food availability is expected to have improved in most areas.

The outbreak of avian flu in South Africa is proving to be a threat to food security and livelihoods in Swaziland. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, measures have been put in place to try to protect the local poultry. This includes a ban on importing poultry from South Africa, which could lead to low supply and consequent higher prices.