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Swaziland Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016

Humanitarian Needs

Swaziland is one of the hard hit countries in the widespread drought affecting Southern Africa. Over 300,000 people (25% of the population) inclusive of 135,144 children are facing acute food shortage due to poor rainfall in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 cropping season which is attributed to the El Nino phenomenon. The poor rainfall started during the 2014/2015 agricultural season and has persisted during the 2015/2016 agricultural season. The 2014/15 cropping season was characterised by prolonged dry spells resulting in widespread crop losses and reduced yields and was one of the worst maize production years in Swaziland. Following on a poor agricultural year, the current growing season is characterized by severe and widespread rainfall deficits and is deemed regionally to be the lowest recorded rainfall in the SADC region, in at least 35 years.

On 18 February 2016 the Swaziland Government declared the drought a national emergency launched the National Emergency Response, Mitigation and Adaptation Plan (NERMAP) and invited the International Community to assist.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Government of Eswatini
Humanitarian Country Team
Original Publication Date: 
11 Apr 2016
Document type: 
Humanitarian Needs Overview
Humanitarian Assistance
Humanitarian Country Team
Information Management