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At this USAID-supported women's association, they learn to plant new crops, such as eggplant, beans, and kale.
At this USAID-supported women's association, they learn to plant new crops, such as eggplant, beans, and kale.
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Latest Southern Africa Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID/OFDA) is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa, including in Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

The advent of harvests in Southern Africa has resulted in improved food security across much of the region, although high prices for staple goods and lost assets continue to present challenges to many households. As a result, relief actors continue to provide assistance in areas where vulnerable populations are still recovering from recent cyclones in Madagascar and Mozambique and the regional drought, both of which resulted in the loss of crops and livestock, as well as damage to infrastructure.

Food security actors are monitoring potential infestations of fall armyworm, an invasive insect species that can cause significant damage to both staple and cash crops. Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are at risk of continued infestations and fall armyworm-related losses to maize and wheat crops through December. In the absence of fall armyworm control measures and monitoring, these crops are vulnerable to pest-related damage, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warnings System Network.

USAID humanitarian assistance is mitigating the effects of drought and cyclones on vulnerable households in Southern Africa. To date in FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) has provided more than $8.6 million in multi-sector assistance and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace has provided nearly $45 million in emergency food and nutrition assistance to meet the humanitarian needs of disaster-affected populations in the region.

USAID/OFDA recently provided a total of more than $1 million to non-governmental organization Medair and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to address water, sanitation, and hygiene needs in cyclone-affected areas of northern Madagascar. With USAID/OFDA assistance, Medair and UNICEF are restoring damaged water and sanitation infrastructure and providing water treatment supplies to health centers, households, and schools to mitigate the spread of waterborne diseases.

USAID/OFDA also recently provided nearly $1.9 million to CARE in Mozambique to support agriculture, food security, and protection activities targeting drought-affected communities in Inhambane, Tete, and Zambezia provinces.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)  is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa. Please visit our webpage for additional information.


Angola regularly experiences drought, flooding, and food insecurity. A lack of access to safe drinking water and basic health care services contributes to increased morbidity and mortality rates in Angola. USAID/OFDA’s response strategy in Southern Africa includes investing in disaster risk reduction programs that build regional, national, and local level capacities and supporting the integration of ongoing disaster response capacity-building programs to eliminate gaps and strengthen response networks in the region.

Latest Angola Fact Sheet

Humanitarian Assistance in Review - FY 2006-2015 (256kb PDF)

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