The results of the July 2013 IPC round in Zimbabwe indicated that Crisis (IPC phase 3) conditions prevailed in Matabeleland North and South and Masvingo provinces and a projected Crisis (IPC phase 3) situation in seven out of the nine provinces in the country.
Many rural households’ dietary diversity is low; 43% of households having poor to borderline consumption. In the worst affected areas, Matabeleland North and South and Masvingo, more than half (52-53%) of the households had poor to borderline food consumption.
Food insecurity is likely to increase significantly during the next lean season due to poor maize production, much reduced food stocks, low import capacity and a slowdown in economic recovery. By January 2014 some 2.2 million people, and all provinces except for Mashonaland East and West, are forecast to face crisis (IPC phase 3) food insecurity conditions.
Most markets in the maize production area have reached alert levels during the quarter July-September according to the WFP ALPS. The most noticeable price increases as compared to the same quarter of last year are reported in Murombedzi (+50%), Murambinda (+42%), and Mount Darwin (+41%).