Erratic and below-normal rainfall across much of Angola in early 2012 contributed to reduced agricultural production, leading to increased food insecurity levels and a heightened prevalence of acute malnutrition.  As of May, the drought had affected an estimated 1.8 million people in 10 provinces and placed more than 533,000 children under five years of age at risk of acute malnutrition, according to the U.N. and the Government of the Republic of Angola (GRA).  Relief agencies reported that affected communities required agriculture, food security, and nutrition assistance to prevent a further deterioration in the humanitarian situation.  As of early October, the GRA had committed approximately $43 million to drought response efforts in 2012, including the provision of emergency food assistance and agricultural inputs for affected families.

On October 11, 2012, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Heather C. Merritt declared a disaster due to deteriorating food security conditions in Angola.  USAID/OFDA is working with colleagues at USAID/Angola and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace to coordinate an appropriate response. 

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Last updated: November 02, 2012

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