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Two years ago, Southern Africa was the focus of attention for the humanitarian community and for public concern. Between the 6 focus countries of a regional appeal (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Angola, over 16.5 million people were estimated to be in need of emergency assistance to meet their food needs.
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It's a little off the beaten track, but a small garden in World Vision's Muecate Area Development Program in northern Mozambique holds the community's hopes for food security.
Erratic rainfall, infertile soil and a virus that has decimated the cassava crop means thounsands of people in Muecate are now threatened with food shortages.
However, farmers from the project are working together to find places where they can grow what cannot be grown anywhere else.
"This is where we're able to produce the food we need to eat and to sell for our survival," said …
This paper is intended both for managers and technical staff working either in food security and livelihoods or in HIV/AIDS and reproductive health who require an introduction to the linkages between the two areas, and as a guide to the many issues that need to be considered when carrying out assessments (or reviewing others' assessments) and when planning interventions. The focus is specifically on economic impacts of AIDS, and does not address important emotional, psychological and social impacts.
Millions of people in southern Africa remain at risk of severe food shortages, while productive communities are being decimated by the AIDS pandemic in a humanitarian emergency that is both chronic and complex in nature.
Uni=E3o Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC), Mozambique
Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria
Consumers International Regional Office for Africa, Zimbabwe
The Oakland Institute, US
Accion Ecologica, Ecuador
Oxfam Solidarité, Belgium
Third World Network, Malaysia
Friends of the Earth International, The Netherlands
With the support of:
World Council of Churches Working Group on Genetic Engineering
Food-for-Work activities in Tete, Mozambique, reached 130,000 people in May. However, World Vision relief staff say that the situation in the area is yet to improve.
Appeal Target: US$ 595,030
Balance Requested from ACT Alliance: US$ 2,295,783
Geneva, 7 April 2004
Introduction & Objectives
In the 2002-2003 period, Southern Africa experienced the worst food crises the region has encountered since 1992. Most assessments of this period of acute food insecurity and vulnerability have understood this phenomenon to be as much a crisis of livelihoods, or of development in general, as a simple food shock. The key difference between 1992 and 2002 is that the latter crisis can be attributed to a number of factors other than climate, among them structural imbalance, governance, economic and social decline, HIV/AIDS and to a lesser extent drought.
By Steve Swindells
International Women's Day on 8 March 2004: Education, health and equal rights
MSF is also prepared to expand its intervention if requested. Other cholera cases have been declared in other provinces in the country.
By Steve Swindells
Emergency food aid begun during a devastating
drought in southern Africa in 2002 has been completed in Zambia, Malawi
and Mozambique, while Zimbabwe is still receiving food shipments.
"Overall, the drought has passed (in most countries), " said Willie Reimer, MCC's director of Food, Disaster and Material Resources. "The support was very, very helpful."
"World Vision will continue to implement a food aid programme under food for work and vulnerable group feeding for 80,800 people until March 2004, and the UNICEF Supplementary Feeding programme until February 2004," says Anthea Spinks, WV Mozambique's Emergency and Relief Manager.
By Steve Swindells
Appeal Target: US$ 178,965
by Marla Pierson Lester