Women and children bear brunt as drought and extreme weather leave tens of millions short of foodSouthern Africa is in the throes of a climate emergency, with hunger levels in the region on a previously unseen scale, the UN has warned.Years of drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray have left 45 million people facing severe food shortages, with women and children bearing the brunt of the crisis, said the World Food Programme (WFP). Continue reading...
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Coronavirus ‘potentially catastrophic’ for nations already suffering food insecurity caused by famine, migration and unemploymentThe warning...Coronavirus ‘potentially catastrophic’ for nations already suffering food insecurity caused by famine, migration and unemploymentThe warning from the World Food Programme (WFP) that an extra 265 million people could be pushed into acute food insecurity by Covid-19, almost doubling last year’s total, is based on a complex combination of factors.WFP’s latest warning underlines the increasing concern among experts in the field that for many the biggest impact will not be the disease, but the hunger hanging off its coat tails. Continue reading...
3 tons of food were burned in Zimbabwe by police trying to enforce social distancing. Efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus could create a food shortages across the continent.
Lockdowns put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus could be causing a food...Lockdowns put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus could be causing a food crisis across many African countries, according to the Associated Press. Food aid isn't able to reach people who needed it most, and many farmers are unable to travel to sell their produce. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While countries across the world enact social distancing measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, some countries across Africa are dealing with food shortages impacting their neediest populations, as farmers and aid workers are unable to travel to provide the food, the Associated Press reported. "Most Africans work in the informal sector and need to go out every day. I think above all of access to food," World Health Organization Africa regional chief Matshidiso Moeti told the AP. According to the AP, lockdowns in 33 countries on the continent prevented farmers from getting their produce to markets and hindered food delivery to rural areas. About 20 % of the continent's population was already food insecure before the pandemic. "With lockdowns, border closures and the ability to access food curtailed, the impact of COVID-19 on Africa could be like nothing we have seen before," Sean Granville-Ross, director for Africa at the aid agency Mercy Corps told the AP. The World Food Program was already providing food for millions of people across the content dealing with other issues from things like floods, to government conflict even swarms of locusts that destroyed crops. Additionally, the program also feeds children school meals, and with schools closed to stop the spread, 65 million kids are missing those meals, according to the AP At least 45 million people are already dealing with hunger in southern Africa as a result of the most severe drought the region has seen in decades, the AP reported. Farmers in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi are still trying to recover from the destruction of two cyclones last year. In a recent report, the World Bank said: "The COVID-19 crisis has the potential to create a severe food security crisis in Africa." They noted that agricultural production could be reduced by as much as 7 % and food imports could also decline by as much as 25 %. In Zimbabwe, farmers traveling overnight to the countries busiest market to deliver their produce were met with police who dispersed them with batons and burned 3 tons of their fresh fruit and vegetables. On top of that, the prices of food in the country also shot up in a way that most in Zimbabwe couldn't afford. One woman told the AP that the price of a pack of potatoes that was normally $15 was now $40. In Kenya, a stampede took place after thousands of people went to Nairobi Kibera slum desperate for food assistance, the AP also reported. According to Bloomberg, the pandemic could double hunger across the world. Back in February Somalia declared a national emergency after an outbreak of swarms of desert locusts, Business Insider reported. The locusts were a threat to the county's already fragile crops. According to the AP, the insects that destroyed "tens of thousands of hectares of crops and pastures" and left 20 million people across the region facing food shortages are now back and larger, creating a bigger food crisis in the midst of the pandemic. In Sudan, the United Nations and its aid partners began "organizing advance food distribution for 2-3 months of rations at one time, aiming to limit the frequency of gatherings and the associated potential spread of coronavirus," according to a statement. "For many poor countries, the economic consequences will be more devastating than the disease itself," WFP told the AP.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
A year after eastern Zimbabwe was devastated by one of the worst storms on record, many...A year after eastern Zimbabwe was devastated by one of the worst storms on record, many people remain amid the wreckage living in makeshift sheltersThe sound of the rising wind and the heavy rain trigger fear at Garikai camp in Ngangu, Chimanimani, eastern Zimbabwe.Villagers here are haunted by traumatic memories of the aftermath of the cyclone that swept over this region last March, when they were forced to bury the dead in makeshift coffins. Some people have never found their loved ones. Continue reading...