At this USAID-supported women's association, they learn to plant new crops, such as eggplant, beans, and kale.
At this USAID-supported women's association, they learn to plant new crops, such as eggplant, beans, and kale.
USAID/Sonia Walia

Latest Southern Africa Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

In early August, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reported that increasing numbers of households across Southern Africa will face significant threats to their food security and livelihoods through September. FEWS NET noted that many households in drought-affected areas of Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe continue to experience Stressed—IPC 2—and Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity, with further deterioration likely as food prices increase and supplies diminish during the peak of the October-to-January lean season. FEWS NET also predicted that some areas currently facing Stressed conditions will reach Crisis levels of food insecurity by October, and acutely affected areas of southern Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe may reach Emergency—IPC 4—levels of food insecurity.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that the La Niña climatic event may result in above-average rainfall in parts of Southern Africa from November 2016 to May 2017. Increased rainfall could hasten the regeneration of pasture land and lead to above-average harvests, potentially alleviating food insecurity in some areas beginning in February 2017. FAO notes that improved harvests will depend on access to agricultural inputs, including seed and fertilizer, prior to the onset of the October rainy season. FAO also cautions that excessive La Niña precipitation could result in localized flooding, potentially destroying crops, eroding topsoil, and increasing livestock morbidity and mortality.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)  is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa. Please visit our webpage for additional information.


Angola regularly experiences drought, flooding, and food insecurity. A lack of access to safe drinking water and basic health care services contributes to increased morbidity and mortality rates in Angola. USAID/OFDA’s response strategy in Southern Africa includes investing in disaster risk reduction programs that build regional, national, and local level capacities and supporting the integration of ongoing disaster response capacity-building programs to eliminate gaps and strengthen response networks in the region.

Latest Angola Fact Sheet

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Last updated: August 26, 2016

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