Angola Remote Monitoring Update August 2022 – Angola
Food assistance needs remain high in the southwest due to limited resources
Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity is expected in most of the country from August to September. Most poor households continue to consume food from their own production and derive income from off-farm work. Minimum conditions are expected to continue from October 2022 to January 2023 as agricultural activities for the 2022/23 crop year progress. In Cunene, Huíla and Namibe, poor households engage in non-farm work to earn income, as well as participate in livestock migration, but continue to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) due to limited or non-existent own crops and poverty. grazing and livestock conditions, contributing to below-average purchasing power. Although a normal onset of the seasonal rains is expected in October, an earlier than normal lean season is likely in affected southwestern areas in September. The results of the crisis (IPC Phase 3) will continue in the southwestern regions until January 2023.
In the southwest, poor households affected by successive shocks generate income through the sale of traditional alcoholic beverages made from wild fruits, the sale of small livestock (goats, chickens and sheep) and, when not there is no other alternative, through the sale of livestock – generally the weakest. Households use part of the income generated by these activities to buy basic necessities for consumption. The onset of rains in October is likely to increase agricultural labor opportunities such as land preparation and planting. However, agro-pastoralist households participating in the livestock migration are unlikely to return in time for the start of the 2022/23 cropping season due to the greater distances traveled and poor herding conditions.
According to WFP, food aid was not distributed to households in Cunene and Huíla in July and August due to extremely low turnout due to ongoing political campaign activities leading up to the presidential election in late August. Food aid activities are expected to resume from mid-September to the end of October. Humanitarian resources are limited and WFP’s response program for the next six months is not fully funded.
The annual headline inflation rate fell slightly to 21.4% in July, a two-year low and the sixth consecutive reduction in inflation in 2022. Although inflation moderated in 2022, prices at consumption will remain high due to high world food prices which keep inflation on the rise. pressure. Consequently, the persistence of high inflation rates will limit disposable income and personal consumption.