The maize availability for the 2013/2104 consumption stands at 81,934 MT against a requirement of 116,420 MT, leaving a short fall of 35,000 MT. The results show that the maize available will meet only 70% of the national requirements, meaning Swaziland will continue to be a net food importer and remain vulnerable to variations in food prices and other shocks. Swaziland's Vulnerability Assessment 2013 report shows that while the population facing livelihood deficit has increased compared to last year, only 56,305 people (approximately 5% of the population) will require immediate food assistance in 2013-14.
The 2013/2014 seasonal outlook shows an increased chance of normal to above normal rainfall in the entire country. While this year's rainfall is predicted to support higher food production than last year, the countries’ agricultural sector is still faced with a number of challenges to support efficient food production meeting the national demand. Lack of inputs, limited use of fertilizer and capacity to utilize new technologies sets limit to the overall food produced in the country. Erratic weather conditions also have a greater impact on food production as most of the agriculture is rainfall dependent; in December the country was hit with storms which caused damage to crops and infrastructure.