Swaziland Drought
Drought conditions negatively affect the ability of people in Swaziland to meet their daily food and water needs.

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Key Developments

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to disasters in Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Food security in Swaziland improved slightly in 2017, though many households have not fully recovered from the El-Niño-related drought, according to the UN World Food Program. Approximately 159,000 people may require humanitarian assistance during the upcoming 2017/2018 lean season—compared to approximately 350,000 individuals during the same period in 2016/2017—due to high food prices, poor agricultural performance, and reduced income opportunities, according to the 2017 Annual Vulnerability Analysis Assessment.

USAID/OFDA provided more than $1.7 million in FY 2017 to support agriculture and food security, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions benefitting approximately 180,000 people throughout Swaziland.

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.


Swaziland experiences erratic rainfall, recurrent droughts, and soil degradation, which can adversely impact food security. In addition to responding to urgent humanitarian needs, USAID/OFDA supports interventions to build the capacity of people in Swaziland to withstand disasters. For example, USAID/OFDA has supported programs to help mitigate the impacts of climate shocks by improving access to water and promoting conservation agriculture methods and holistic grazing land management.

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Last updated: October 20, 2017

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