Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam

Drought in Southern Africa

Southern Africa Appeal


In 2019, Cyclones Idai and Kenneth killed hundreds of people and left homes and farmland destroyed. We are supporting the hardest hit people with food and water, as well as with long-term development projects to help people better cope with climate-related shocks.

We are supporting people to

  • Water flows from a tap into a yellow water container. Emmely stands in the background.

    Survive today by helping people survive the drought

    We are responding to the drought in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique which has affected more than 10 million people. We have already begun providing cash in Zimbabwe so people can buy food they desperately need.

  • Split peas being poured into a bucket at a food distribution point

    Prepare for tomorrow by rebuilding infrastructure and providing healthcare training

    In Mozambique we are rebuilding and rehabilitating water points, and training community activists in health education to help in the fight against cholera.

  • A pair of hands hold seeds

    Adapt for the future by helping farmers adapt to a changing climate

    Oxfam is providing long term support to help farmers adapt to an unpredictable future – for example, by diversifying crops and adapting farming techniques.

Elena Heatherwick / Oxfam

We rebuilt our house and now we have started planting maize and rice. But we have a problem with locusts. It’s getting worse. Every single plant. It’s going to be hard this year. Difficult. I’ve never had these locusts before.”

Jorge is farming with his family in Mozambique