Food insecurity levels are at their annual high as the lean season peaks. Stressed (IPC 2) or Crisis (IPC 3) conditions will prevail in areas of Zimbabwe that experienced a reduced harvest in 2013. Food insecurity is projected to affect 2.2 million people in rural areas (one quarter of the rural population) by March 2014, with the highest levels being projected in the southern and western half of the country. Negative coping mechanisms are being employed in most communities, including illegal mining activities, cross-border trade, and distress disposal of assets, such as livestock. Food security conditions in the region are expected to improve as the harvest begins in March.
The impact of staple food price changes on the cost of the basic food basket from October to December 2013 was moderate.