The British Red Cross has launched an urgent
appeal today to help millions of people who are at risk of serious food
shortages across southern Africa.
Around 12 million people are facing
a severe food crisis, according to a recent assessment by the International
Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia are most
severely affected by the crisis but it is also threatening people in Mozambique,
Swaziland, Namibia and Lesotho.
The British Red Cross, which already
carries out work in southern Africa, is warning that assistance is needed