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.


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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