Food Security Monitor

April 2022, Edition #24

The goal of AGRA’s Food Security Monitor is to provide an overview assessment of the food security outlook in AGRA focus countries in East, West and Southern Africa, taking into account the movement of prices of main food staples and government interventions that impact on domestic and regional food trade alongside the impact of forecast weather changes and environmental conditions on food security. Our monthly Food Security Monitor is one way that AGRA makes data available to key stakeholders to underpin evidence-based decision-making. Highlights from the April Food Security Monitor are on 31st of March, the Board of Directors of the African Export-Import Bank approved the launch of the Ukraine Crisis Adjustment Trade Financing Programme for Africa (UKAFPA). The UKAFPA is a US$ 4 billion programme of credit facilities that the Bank has developed to manage the impacts of the Ukraine crisis on African economies and businesses. The food insecurity hotspots in April 2022 were South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Prolonged dry spells, resultant crop failures and pasture shortages, coupled with macroeconomic shocks and record high food and energy prices due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, continue to drive food insecurity across the East African region. In Southern Africa, IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) outcomes persisted among low-income households in the cereal deficit areas of the region namely southern Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, and southern Mozambique.

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