Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update, November 2016


Limited humanitarian assistance coverage maintains Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes in the south

Key Messages

  • Despite the presence of humanitarian assistance in much of the south and marginal north, coverage is generally low. Between November and December, this assistance is expected to improve outcomes in some areas to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) due to the impacts of last season’s El Niño-induced drought and macro-economic challenges. The food security situation is expected to worsen during the peak lean season period (Jan-Mar 2017) and the worst affected areas will experience Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes. Traditional cereal-surplus producing areas in the Mashonaland Provinces will continue to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

  • Average maize grain and maize meal prices remain relatively stable across most markets but are still the highest in the region. Since October, maize meal prices remain comparable to the five-year average, however maize grain prices are 10 percent above the five-year average for FEWS NET sentinel markets.

  • Most parts of the country received rains in November, though the bulk remain in the below normal category. In parts of the Mashonaland and Manicaland, provinces, the rains were significant enough and farmers have started planting.