Key Message Update

Reduced rainfall in southern parts of the country are likely to reduce production levels

March 2015
2015-Q1-1-1-ZW-en

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • The food security situation remains stable in most areas of the country with most households exhausting their cereal supplies from the previous harvest and increasingly relying on market purchases. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes continue to persist across the country. These outcomes are likely to continue through June since the start of the harvest in April will likely improve household level cereal availability across the country. 

  • The start of the green harvest is delayed in most of the country due to the late start of the season. This season, consumption of green foods will likely start in mid-March, unlike in normal years when households start consuming the green harvest in mid-February. The lean season is therefore expected to be extended by at least a month beyond the normal period. 

  • Maize crops across the country are in the vegetative stage and conditions range from average to good in most northern and central parts of the country. However in the southern areas, dryness in February has resulted in significant moisture stress and wilting. Further delays in rainfall will likely reduce production levels in these southern areas. 

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