Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update - February 2011 - Moderate food insecurity at peak lean season


Access to adequate food remains a major constraint for poor households

Key Messages

- Staple cereals (maize, sorghum, and millet) and other basic foods continue to be readily available on the market up to early February and the situation is expected to improve with harvests in April/June. However, limited incomes continue to constrain the ability of some poor households to access adequate food. Combined estimates by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) together with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) put the current estimated food insecure population at about 1.7 million people.

- Performance for the second half of the rainy season has been favorable with most areas having received normal and abovenormal rains by the end of January. Most of the maize crop was at vegetative growth stages and in a fair to good condition. This positive crop production outlook has been halted by low rainfall activities for most of February in most parts of the country. The southern half of the country appears most affected, having experienced a dry spell of close to 20 days by late February.