Zimbabwe Monthly Food Security Monitoring Report: March 2017


1. Introduction:

This report updates the food security situation of rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe for March. The analysis is based on secondary data, Focus Group Discussion (FGDs) findings, markets interviews, and telephone interviews with traders.

2. Major Highlights

  • The food security situation remains stable, thanks to adequate food assistance coupled with the early harvest of green vegetables.

  • Crop conditions remain good in most parts of the country with few districts already harvesting the early planted crop.

  • Some communities still engage in negative coping strategies despite the prospects of a good harvest.

  • National average maize grain prices rose above those observed in February 2017 (8%) and January 2016 (3%).

  • Cattle prices increased significantly due to improved body condition associated with availability and quality of grazing and pasture, resulting in improvement of terms of trade for livestock owners.

  • On farm casual labour is still the major source of income.

  • Increasing cash shortage across the country, mobile money agents continue limiting cashing-out services.