An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high temperatures.
How many people in Africa are facing famine due to drought?
The COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, drought, economic woes, and extreme weather are reversing years of progress. As of 2019, 234 million sub-Saharan Africans were chronically undernourished, more than in any other region.
What African countries were affected by droughts in 2020?
So, for six months – November 2019 to April 2020 – six urban and rural families in three drought-affected countries – Kenya, Somalia, and Zimbabwe – are sharing their day-to-day as they juggle priorities to make ends meet.
Where was the biggest drought in the world?
The worst famine caused by drought was in northern China in 1876-79, when between 9 and 13 million people are estimated to have died after the rains failed for three consecutive years.
Where is the risk of drought in Africa?
Based on exposure measured as a function of the density of agricultural production per square kilometer, the risks associated with drought are greatest in southwestern Ethiopia and western Kenya.
What do the poor in Africa eat?
Central African Republic
The base of most meals is usually millet or sorghum, and vegetables and spices such as garlic, onions, chiles, okra and peanuts are gradationally used to add flavor. Specialties include palm butter soup, futu – pounded cassava – and foutou – pounded plantains.