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Across the continent almost 30 million
people are going hungry - many are dying as a result. All can be tackled
with the right kind of action.
Some of Africa's problems are caused by nature, some by man. We need your help to solve them all. Here are some examples of our work across the continent that Focus Africa will support.
The Catholic aid agency CAFOD warns that the El Nino weather phenomenon threatens catastrophe across Southern Africa if, as predicted, it strikes before the next harvest.
CAFOD announced today that its Southern Africa Appeal has passed the =A31million mark.
A small harvest is forcing diversification and a return to traditional foods.
CAFOD supporters have already raised =A3157,000 for the Southern Africa Appeal. The money will be used to ease the severe food crises in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola. Unless urgent action is taken immediately to bring food into theses drought affected areas the region will face famine by the autumn.
"Don't come back at Christmas time and start trying to do something then. It will be too late. Now is the time to act."
The Catholic aid agency CAFOD says more aid is needed to feed thousands of vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. In areas such as Matabeleland the agency says it has only around ten days' worth of food left to feed youngsters who rely on its supplementary feeding programmes.
The Catholic aid agency CAFOD fears millions of people are at risk as severe food shortages continue to grip Southern Africa.