Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update - March 2013

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 19 Mar 2013 View Original

Start of green consumption and main harvest expected to improve the food security situation

KEY MESSAGES

• The food insecurity outcomes across the country remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) on account of steady food imports and the continued distribution of humanitarian assistance. Minimal outcomes are expected to persist as poor households start to consume green foods and harvests between April and June.

• Poor distribution of normal and above-normal cumulative rainfall was experienced across most of the country. Recent moisture deficits due to dry spells, especially in Matebeleland South and part of Masvingo, have caused crop conditions to deteriorate from fair to poor between mid-February and March. If these moisture deficits continue, production in the southern region of the country will be reduced.