Reference Date: 11-June-2013
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Significant dry conditions observed in southern areas, but generally favourable rains received in the large producing central provinces
In southern areas, a second consecutive poor harvest would weigh heavily on food security conditions
Significant water deficits in southern areas expected to limit crop production
Following generally good rains at the start of the 2012/13 cropping season (October-June), significantly below average rains in southern regions resulted in stressed vegetation conditions. Crop and livestock production have been adversely affected on account of the prolonged dry conditions and the resultant poor pastures.
However, weather conditions were more favourable in the large crop producing areas of the central provinces of Huamba, Bie and Huala. Production in these parts is expected to recover from the drought affected levels of 2012. Despite an anticipated improvement at the national level, compared to the previous season, southern parts of the country are expected to record a consecutive poor cereal harvest, with negative food security implications.
Inflation rate remains generally stable
The annual inflation rate slowed to an average of 9 percent in 2012, down from 11 percent in the previous year, aided partly by a steady exchange rate following a depreciation in 2011. However, during the first five months of 2013 the rate increased marginally, but stayed below 10 percent.
Food security conditions expected to be aggravated in southern areas
In response to the below average seasonal rains and the expectation of a second successive poor harvest, the Government established an emergency plan to provide assistance in the southern province of Cunene, where about 500 000 people in six municipalities have been affected by the drought conditions. In 2012 a joint Government/UN assessment, found that an estimated 367 000 households, approximately 1.8 million people, were affected by poor harvests.