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UN food agencies urge more support for Southern Africa hungry people

01.11.2019 11:13 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) A record 45million people across the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be food insecure within the next six months due to a severe drought, FAO says referring to the United Nations three food agencies joint report. It is to be admitted, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have issued a joint report calling for urgent funding to avert a major hunger crisis and for the international community to step up investment into long-term measures to combat the impact of climate shocks and build the capacity of communities and countries to withstand them. It is to be noted, there are over 11million people now experiencing «crisis» or «emergency» levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3and 4) within nine Southern African countries: Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Eswatini and Lesotho. As to the report, the UN food agencies are escalating their responses within the nine countries, planning to assist over 11million people by mid-2020. In addition to addressing urgent food and nutrition needs, they will help smallholder farmers boost production and reduce losses, manage precious soil and water resources in a sustainable way and embrace climate-smart agricultural practices, better access to inputs, credit and markets, and spearhead vaccination campaigns to contain livestock disease.

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