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

  • Key Message Update
  • Zimbabwe
  • March 2015
Reduced rainfall in southern parts of the country are likely to reduce production levels

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  • Key Messages
  • 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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    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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