Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update, December 2012


Assistance improves the food security situation


  • The rainy season has started in most parts of the country. Many areas have received at least 50 mm of rains since October and crop cultivation is underway. Areas in Hwange and Beitbridge districts in Matebeleland North and South received significant rains and this is expected to improve pasture conditions and water availability for livestock.
  • Most rural poor and very households across the country are meeting their livelihood protection needs through humanitarian assistance that is being provided through seasonal targeted assistance (STA), along with social safety-net programming.
  • Throughout much of the country food insecurity is Minimal (IPC Phase 1) because households are able to access maize through market purchases, humanitarian assistance, and cash transfer programs.