Latest Southern Africa Fact Sheet

view text version [pdf, 164kb]

Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID/OFDA) is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa, including in Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Recent cyclones have damaged crops and infrastructure, impeded agricultural activities in Madagascar and Mozambique, and caused flooding in Zimbabwe, potentially limiting vulnerable households’ recovery following two consecutive years of drought.

USAID partners continue to respond to needs generated by Tropical Cyclone Enawo, which traveled the length of Madagascar after making landfall on March 7. Assessments by humanitarian actors have identified emergency food assistance, health care services, and safe drinking water as priority needs, and determined that cyclone-affected populations require agricultural inputs, relief commodities, shelter assistance, and rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure.

Above-average rainfall across much of Southern Africa from December 2016 to March 2017 has improved vegetation conditions and resulted in positive prospects for harvests, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network. Some households have experienced improved access to food due to the ongoing green harvest, with additional improvements expected during the main harvest in April and May, when average staple food prices are likely to decrease.

USAID humanitarian assistance is mitigating the effects of drought and other disasters on vulnerable households in Southern Africa. To date in FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) has provided approximately $4.2 million in multi-sector assistance and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace has provided more than $52 million in emergency food assistance to meet the emergency needs of disaster-affected populations in the region.

USAID/OFDA recently provided nearly $1.6 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help address nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene needs in southern Madagascar. With USAID/OFDA assistance, UNICEF is supporting eight mobile clinics to screen and treat children facing acute malnutrition, as well as constructing and rehabilitating water points to provide safe drinking water for vulnerable communities.

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.


Mozambique experiences recurrent droughts, floods, and tropical storms. In response to recent disasters in Mozambique, USAID/OFDA has provided agricultural supplies; shelter support; and emergency relief commodities, including blankets, kitchen sets, and water treatment materials. USAID/OFDA also focuses on disaster risk reduction programs that build the capacity of communities to respond to future shocks through activities such as promoting conservation agricultural practices and establishing disaster management committees.

Most Recent Information Product(s)

Related Sectors of Work 

Last updated: April 28, 2017

Share This Page