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Regional Emergency Food Security Assessment Report

Covering Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe


December 2002

SARPN acknowledges the SADC FANR Vulnerability Assessment Committee as the copyright holder on this report
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January 30, 2003
- Harare

A collaborative report of the National Vulnerability Assessment Committees in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe; the SADC Regional Early Warning Unit; the SADC Regional Remote Sensing Unit, the SADC Regional Food Security Database Project; WFP; FEWS NET; SC(UK); CARE; FAO; UNICEF; IFRC; with financial support from National Governments, DFID, WFP, and USAID


The December VAC emergency food security and vulnerability assessments confirm that food aid needs are increasing much as expected, with the most severe months from January through March. Efforts to alleviate this year's food shortages by national governments, the international community and civil society have thus far averted a major crisis. However, large volumes of outstanding planned imports will be a challenge to realize in the coming months. Early indications from the current production season are that there will be equal or even greater food shortages throughout the region in the year ahead. The current crisis is a manifestation of chronic poverty and vulnerability, exacerbated by escalating HIV/AIDS prevalence. This demands integration of short-term relief efforts with a longer-term development response within a framework of essential policy reforms.

CONTACTS FOR VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT COMMITTEES

SADC-FANR: Phumzile Mdladla – pmdladla@fanr-sadc.co.zw +263 4 796847
LESOTHO: Mapaleso Mothoko – newu@ilesotho.com; crops@ilesotho.com +266 2 2317284
MALAWI: Patricia Zimpita – zimpitap@malawi.gov.mw; nec@malawi.net +265 788 8888
MOZAMBIQUE: Raul Cumba – rcumba@map.gov.mz +258 82 328666
SWAZILAND: Lungile Mndzebele- lsmndzebele@hotmail.com +268 404 2731
ZAMBIA: Chembo Mbula – dmmu@zamtel.zm +260 1 253143 or 252692
ZIMBABWE: Joyce Chanetsa – jchanets@mweb.co.zw +263 4 860320/9





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