food insecurity

World Hunger Day Commemorated

World Hunger Day, which is being observed on 28 May, is aimed at finding sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty.

The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that there are about 842 million undernourished people in the world.

Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under the age of five, amounting to about 3.1 million children each year. 

US Govt Tackles Food Shortages in Zim

The United States (US) government has launched a five-year, US$100 million programme to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, states that his country remains committed to the welfare of Zimbabweans.
Nonprofit international development organisations, World Vision and CNFA, will implement the five-year programme in Zimbabwe's most drought-prone provinces.

Starvation to Hit Swaziland

A Swazi-based newspaper has reported that people in rural Swaziland are about to die of hunger.

The report states that rain has been scarce this season, adding that crops have failed and food has run out.

The newspaper further quoted one unnamed elderly woman as saying that: “We are starving, literally starving my child. Just like most of the kitchens in this community right now, there is absolutely no food.”

To read the article titled, “'Starvation' to Hit Swaziland,” click here.

Child Marriage on the Rise Amid Starvation

Godfrey Mutizwa in his article titled, ‘Zimbabwe’s child marriages on the rise as food runs short’, says food is becoming scarce in large parts of rural Zimbabwe after rains failed for a second season, compounding living conditions in an economy that’s contracting with just a fifth of workers in formal employment.

Mutizwa points out that the United Nations agencies and the government are warning more than one in three Zimbabweans may need food assistance by next March.

​SADC Needs Funding As Drought Hits Hard

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region needs at least US$2.7 billion to mitigate the effects of El Nino induced drought.

Since being hit by the worst drought in more than thirty years, SADC is more concerned about food security which may lead to millions suffering from starvation.

SADC launched an appeal for humanitarian assistance in Gaborone, Botswana, at a time when 40 million people representing 14 percent of the region's total population are food insecure.

Millions Face Starvation as Zim Burns

According to a new multi-partner report, as Zimbabwean citizens’ anger rises against President Robert Mugabe’s continued leadership, four million people face starvation.

The latest Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee study for 2016-2017 established that the number of food-insecure people would rise to over four million during the peak hunger season from January to March 2017.

According to a United Nations statement, “Food insecurity levels increased significantly in all 60 districts and in particular in the twenty most food-insecure districts.”

More than 700k Namibians Face Food Shortages

More than 700 000 Namibians are facing acute food insecurity amid mounting livestock deaths due to the widespread shortage of water and pasture following three successive years of drought, a new government-led vulnerability survey has revealed.

In its ‘Namibia Rural Food Security and Livelihood Vulnerability Forecast’ report for 2016/2017, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture says of the 729 134 people facing food insecurity, 595 839 need immediate food assistance.

Millions of South Africans Starve

About 2.2 million households indicated that they had skipped a meal - with the Eastern Cape as the largest province with the number of people who had skipped a meal.

Nationally one-fifth of households reported to have run out of money to buy food in the twelve months before the survey.

The 2016 Community Survey is one of the few available data sources providing data at municipal level and this is the second largest sample survey Statistics South Africa undertook after Community survey 2007.

SADC Faces Food Insecurity Due to Drought

An estimated 41 million people in the rural population of countries falling under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure following the El Nino-induced drought.

The regional body points out that this meant 23 percent of the region’s 181 million rural population were affected, adding that at least 21 million are in urgent need of assistance.

According to the SADC’s recent Vulnerability Assessment Results on the El Nino weather phenomenon, nearly 2.7 million children were suffering from acute malnutrition.

​SADC Hit by Drought

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively impacting on livelihoods and quality of lives.

The region experienced a delayed onset of the 2015/2016, rainfall season, followed by erratic rains.

Analysis of rainfall performance shows that the October to December 2015 period, which represents the first half of the cropping season, was the driest in more than 35 years in several southern parts of the region.


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