The African continent, especially the southern part has been greatly threatened by hunger crisis. In its recent report, the UN’s World Food Programme has said that millions of people in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe face imminent hunger.
International institutions say there is a growing food crisis in the region with up to 50 million people at risk.
The cause of the crisis has been the devastating drought in 2019 along with the devastating locust infestation in the year 2020. Further aggravating their miseries, the coronavirus pandemic has threatened the Southern African region in the adverse.
The World Food Programme (WFP) analysis of global hunger hotspots in the first half of 2020 stated that there were millions of people in requirement of life-saving food assistance in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central Sahel region in the coming months.
David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP said, “WFP is fighting big and complex humanitarian battles on several fronts at the start of 2020.” “In some countries, we are seeing conflict and instability combine with climate extremes to force people from their homes, farms and places of work. In others, climate shocks are occurring alongside economic collapse and leaving millions on the brink of destitution and hunger,” he added.
The World Food Programme analysis said that the humanitarian response will again require the generous support of donor governments to fund the assistance required to save lives and support development in order to avoid humanitarian catastrophe.