Food insecurity threatens Sadc region
Millions of people in Southern Africa face food insecurity as extreme weather patterns take a toll on agricultural production
Southern Africa has felt the brunt of the global climate crisis in the past year, with extreme weather patterns taking a toll on agricultural production and food security.
The numbers coming out of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) are devastating: 9-million people are considered severely food-insecure in just nine countries (Angola, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe). The figure is projected to rise to 12-million by March. Just over 41-million are food-insecure in 13 of the 16 Sadc states; 25% of Eswatini’s rural population faces severe food insecurity; and 30% of the rural population of Lesotho is expected to require humanitarian assistance between now and March...