Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update, September 2015

Households face diminished food access due to limited livelihood and coping options, especially in the south

Key Messages

  • Due to low maize grain supplies in markets in southern provinces, most communities are opting to purchase less preferred maize meal instead. Maize meal prices will most likely be stable from October through December. In the northern provinces, maize grain prices are projected to be 15-25 percent higher than last year and the five-year average, which could limit household purchasing power.

  • Limited livelihood options are expected to continue from October through December in the south due to poor livestock conditions and prices because of dryness and the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease, as well as the below-average rainfall forecast. Below-average and erratic rainfall during this period could worsen household income levels by having an adverse effect on cultivation and weeding opportunities for poor households. Remittance levels also continue to be affected by a weakening South African Rand against the United States Dollar.

  • Planning for the 2015/16 lean season humanitarian assistance is being prioritized for the worst affected provinces in the south and should begin in October. However, lower than normal targeting levels are expected because of the constrained funding environment. Below-normal lean season assistance coverage is likely to result in a higher number of people facing food access challenges from January through March 2016.

For more detailed analysis, see the Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook for July 2015.