ZIMBABWE Food Security Outlook Update August 2010


Food security remains stable for a greater part of the country prior to lean season

Key messages

--At the national level, food security has remained stable with supply from the 2009/10 harvests still in stock and a constant supply of basic food stuffs on the market. This situation is likely to prevail through September. Supplies from own production are expected to have run out at the beginning of the lean season in October for most parts of the country, especially the drier and grain deficit areas covering the southern, western, and northern parts of the country.

--Humanitarian food assistance is likely to start during the October to December period, assuming that the current discussions on interventions are finalized with the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) this month. If this process is delayed, poor and very poor households with limited cereal stocks in the southern, western, and northern parts of the country are likely to become highly food insecure.

--Though supply of basic commodities on the market is stable, access to these goods remains a great challenge for the majority of poor and very poor urban households with limited or no income.