- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Maureen Lynch is Director of Research and George Kun is McCall-Pierpaoli Fellow with Refugees International.
"The sad truth is that as things stand
the humanitarian system faces the prospect of being completely overwhelmed."
James T. Morris
Executive Director, World Food Programme
The international humanitarian aid system is facing unprecedented stress. Poor weather and the legacy of conflict are threatening tens of millions of people, primarily in Africa and Central Asia. The situation is so grave that Andrew Natsios, Administrator of the U.S.
Thirteen million people in six countries -- Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe -- are facing the most severe crisis since drought-induced hunger struck the region in 1992. Food insecurity in southern Africa is a result of policy and governance failures, compounded by drought, flooding, livestock diseases, civil disorder, poor farming methods, and the increasing rate of HIV/AIDS. As a result of these and other factors, farmers have not been able to produce enough maize, their staple food.
While the world focuses on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, a number of other emergencies have been brewing around the globe. Perhaps the largest of these is the growing complex food emergency in southern Africa. Due to harsh climatic conditions and corrupt government policies, as many as 13 million people may face starvation within the six countries that compose the southern African region.