Record 45 Mn People Need Urgent Food Aid In Southern Africa : UN
Sumaira FH 1 day ago Thu 16th January 2020 | 07:03 PM
An unprecedented 45 million people in southern Africa are in urgent need of food aid due to drought, flooding and economic hardship, the UN said Thursday
Johannesburg, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Jan, 2020 ) :An unprecedented 45 million people in southern Africa are in urgent need of food aid due to drought, flooding and economic hardship, the UN said Thursday.
"If we don't receive the necessary funding, we'll have no choice but to assist fewer of those most in need, and with less," Castro said.
Low growth, rising population, drought and floods have combined to worsen food insecurity in the region, with Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe the worst-hit.
Twenty percent of the population in drought-stricken Lesotho and about 10 percent of Namibians are food insecure.
The WFP warned that families across the region were already eating less, skipping meals, taking children out of school, selling off precious assets and falling into debt to stave off agricultural losses.
Women and children are the worst affected.
The WFP plans to provide lean season assistance to 8.3 million people in areas that are grappling with crisis levels of hunger.