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Close to 44.8 million people in Southern Africa are estimated to be food insecure as of July 2020

Southern Africa on the Brink of Famine?

A new PSA policy brief looks at rising food insecurity and the impacts of Covid-19 across the region


The spread of Covid-19 throughout Southern Africa will worsen the region’s already dire conditions of food insecurity and malnutrition. The effects of climate change - persistent drought, flooding and pests - compounded by economic challenges, poverty, conflict and gaps in social accountability, have all contributed to rising hunger in the region.

This new policy brief from the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance, shows how the roots of the escalating food crisis lie in a systemic failure of regional policies, including an over-reliance on food imports and missed opportunities to invest in climate resilient agricultural practices.

The PSA Alliance is led by ActionAid International together with Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS, and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).