Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update, November 2014


Stability in staple prices improves food access for households in the south

Key Messages

The food security situation continues to be fairly stable as most households are still consuming staple from own production. Few households in low cereal production areas in the southern parts of the country are supplementing their staples with market purchases. The majority of households are experiencing Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1).

Unlike in typical years when staple prices increased significantly in November, current national average grain and meal prices have remained stable since August. Current maize grain prices are the same as the five year average and 20 percent below the two-year average. This price trend is mainly influenced by increased market supply combined with low demand.

Land preparation for the 2014/15 agriculture season is starting at a slow pace because rainfall across most areas in the country has been low. Actual accumulated rainfall from last month is less than 75 percent of average rainfall for the month of October.

Maize seed is now available in small quantities in most rural shops but retail prices are nearly 30 percent higher than they were during the same time last year. Fertilizers are scarce even within district level markets. Most rural households will rely on agriculture inputs from the planned Government input scheme. Although the program is starting late this year it is expected to cover nearly 1.6 million households across the country.