United Nations warns millions at risk of hunger in Southern Africa

Written by on February 11, 2018

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that millions of people across southern Africa are at risk of hunger.

Poor rains and armyworm crop infestations have affected crop production for 2018, with the WFP saying that the number of people needing emergency food and nutrition assistance is likely to rise.


After three years of drought, the number of people on assistance has fallen from forty million during 2014 to 2016, to twenty-six million last year. It’s not clear how many more people might need help.


South Africa’s Western Cape is currently dealing with serious water shortages. On 11 May, the city of Cape Town is due to run out of water. Mozambique has also been warning about imminent water restrictions.

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