Climate Change to fuel hunger in poverty struck Southern Africa
By Miriam Mannak (story written for Inter Press Service)
Climate change will have a significant impact on southern Africa’s already compromised food security, environmental experts warned.
At the moment, Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the regions were hunger is most widespread. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, one in three people living in this part of the world were chronically hungry in 2007. Sub-Saharan Africa is also hardest hit by extreme poverty, harbouring 75 percent of people worldwide that live on less then a dollar a day.
Since 2007, erratic rainfall has led to increased food shortages in southern Africa where droughts damaged and destroyed maize crops in Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
As a result, southern Africa faced a shortfall of 2.18 million metric tonnes of maize in 2006 and, according to researchers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), people in southern Africa lacked more than 4 million metric tonnes of maize in 2007/2008.
Increasing food shortages have become a trend, cautioned Sepo Hachigonta of the Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG), a climatology research group based at UCT. Read more here.
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