Is Southern Africa on the Brink of Famine?

The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing how Southern Africa's overreliance on high-cost imported seeds and fertilisers, and a lack of state investment in climate-resilient farming, are deepening food insecurity across the region. A policy brief from the Partnership for Social Accountability Alliance, led by ActionAid International, shows how a failure of regional policies, compounded by the impacts of the pandemic, is pushing millions more people into poverty and hunger. The briefing follows a Southern African Development Community report which said that close to 44.8 million people in urban and rural areas across 13 states are food insecure.

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At World Food Programme food distribution points in Zimbabwe, community members stand at least one metre apart and collect their food in groups of five, to prevent overcrowding.

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