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Zimbabwe Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016

Humanitarian Needs

Zimbabwe, a country where 72 percent of the population live in chronic poverty, is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 35 years. The combination of a poor 2014-2015 harvest, an extremely dry early season (October to December) and forecasts for continuing hot and drier-than-average conditions through mid-2016, suggest a scenario of extensive crop failure. An already vulnerable population is exposed to face high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. The recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s (ZimVAC) rapid assessment concluded that about 2.8 million people are food insecure, with the number expected to grow at least until April harvests. In addition to food insecurity, drought conditions are driving WASH, health, education and other sectoral needs across the country impacting on land and water ecosystems that support crop production. 

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
11 Apr 2016
Document type: 
Humanitarian Needs Overview
Information Management
Needs Assessment