Southern Africa Is Experiencing Major Drought Leaving Millions Without Food

November 12, 2019
Parts of sub-saharan Africa are experiencing major drought.

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Southern Africa is experiencing a major drought -- one of the worst in decades. Nearly 45 million people are at risk of going hungry, according to Fox.

In addition to only receiving normal rainfall during one of the last five growing seasons, cyclones and flooding have wiped out many of the crops small regional farmers usually harvest. In parts of Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Eswatini and Lesotho nearly 11 million people have experienced crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity.

“We’ve had the worst drought in 35 years in central and western areas during the growing season,” said Margaret Malu, the World Food Program acting regional director for southern Africa.

As the crisis continues, more and more people could experience hunger.

"The successive mixture of drought and flooding has been catastrophic for many communities. In most of the affected areas there isn't enough drinking water, which means that people and animals — both livestock and wildlife — are having to use the same water points," said Kaitano Chungu, Secretary General of the Zambia Red Cross.

Organizations like Food and Agriculture Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme are accepting funding to help end the hunger crisis

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