Southern Africa Faces More Food Shortages

THE number of people struggling to get food in Southern Africa is projected to hit more than 49 million before the end of 2016 as a number of countries declare states of emergency.

Currently, an estimated 31,6 million people across the region are in dire need of food.

Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe have all declared states of emergency, as have seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. Mozambique declared a Red Alert, the highest level of national emergency preparedness, in its central and southern provinces.

International humanitarian movements have stepped in to prevent a catastrophe.

Among these are the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has announced a major, 110 million Swiss franc, four year initiative to support National Red Cross Societies respond to the drought that is affecting millions of people across the region.

“Much more needs to be done to support communities to survive and strive over the coming months. We met families who have received no external support and who are simply desperate,” said IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy.

Speaking after a tour of Malawi and Zimbabwe, he said the needs far outweighed the response to date.

“We need to urgently scale-up our interventions to prevent this situation from becoming a catastrophe.”

The hunger is impacting heavily on the two countries that are already battling HIV/AIDS.

Source; CAJ News Agency.