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The UN today launched an appeal for support for the measures required to avert an acute food crisis in southern Africa. The UN has estimated that USD 614 million is needed for these measures. USD 507 million of this refers to direct food assistance. The remainder is for efforts inter alia in agriculture, water, health care, education as well as the transport and distribution of food.
Sweden already contributes extensive humanitarian support to southern Africa. It amounts to SEK 62 million for 2002.
At a press meeting during political week at Almedalen in Visby, Gotland, today, Minister for Development Cooperation, Migration and Asylum Policy Jan O. Karlsson spoke about the acute food crisis in southern Africa.
Southern Africa is facing one of the most serious food crises for ten years. Twelve million people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia are risking starvation. The situation could lead to a catastrophe that lasts until the spring of 2003.