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InterAction members respond to those affected by the food crisis in Southern Africa

Much of Southern Africa has experienced well-below average rainfall this season, causing crops to wither after a similarly poor production year in 2001-2002. The drought, exacerbated by depleted reserves and high maize prices, has already forced hundreds of thousands of people throughout the region to rely on food aid for survival. The food insecurity is most acute in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, although Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland are also affected. According to the UN World Food Program, Some 2.6 million people across the region are currently suffering from food shortages, and that number is expected to rise sharply in the months ahead. Humanitarian agencies are providing immediate food aid and other assistance aimed at improving long-term food security.
The InterAction members listed at the following link are accepting contributions for assistance that they or their affiliates are providing to those affected by the famine. The list is updated on a regular basis.

www.interaction.org/safrica

InterAction has also developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters: www.interaction.org/disaster/guide.html

Press Contact: Shanta M. Bryant, 202-667-8227 x115; sbryant@interaction.org

InterAction is a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, international development and refugee assistance organizations. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.