by Staff Writer
HARARE – The dollarization of the Zimbabwean economy is expected to somewhat improve market food access among households now earning income in US dollars, although macroeconomic conditions remain poor, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) says.
In its Food Assistance Outlook Brief, FEWSNET projects an estimated 5.0 million – 9.99 million Zimbabweans to be acutely food insecure during August 2021. It represents 40-60% of the country’s population.
The brief summarises FEWSNET’s most forward looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWSNET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five year average and categorized as higher, similar or lower.
FEWSNET said the southern African country will need external needs in August. For Zimbabwe, August versus last year and August versus 5 year average was classified as lower and similar. The country’s highest likely severity (area) in August placed under Phase 2: Stressed.
In Phase 2 Stressed – For at least 1 in 5 households, food consumption is reduced but minimally adequate without having to engage in unsustainable coping strategies. However, these households are unable to afford some essential non-food expenditures.
“Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are expected among some households who had limited ability to recover from consecutive droughts and have below average incomes,” FEWSNET stated.
Key upcoming lean season (the period between harvests that lasts from May to August) will be from September 2020 – March 2021.