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Acute Food Insecurity Remains Alarmingly High in SSA: Global Report on Food Crises Released

May 1st, 2024 • by Sara Gustafson

Despite some marginal improvements at the country level, Africa south of the Sahara remains mired in acute food insecurity and escalating food crises, according to the 2024 Global Report on Food Crisis (GRFC). Conflict, extreme weather events, economic shocks, and forced displacement continue to drive up rates of food insecurity and malnutrition throughout the region, with the outlook for 2024 equally grim.

Central and Southern Africa

Act now to address Malawi’s looming food crisis

Apr 12th, 2024 • by JAN DUCHOSLAV, JOACHIM DE WEERDT, AND RODWELL MZONDE

Malawi is facing a severe drought crisis linked to the El Niño climate phenomenon. On March 23, President Lazarus Chakwera declared a state of disaster in 23 of Malawi’s 28 districts in anticipation of a poor harvest and appealed for more than $200 million in humanitarian assistance.

Mitigating Climate Change in Ethiopia: Policies and Priorities

Apr 5th, 2024 • by Sara Gustafson

Ethiopia is in the midst of the worst drought in the past 40 years, with six consecutive failed or below-average rainy seasons in the country’s pastoral areas. At the same time, flooding in other regions has disrupted livelihoods and caused widespread damage to lands and infrastructure. Climate shocks like these have been a major contributing factor to Ethiopia’s recent economic reversals, says a new report from the World Bank Group, and strong government action is needed to prepare for and adapt to an uncertain climate future.

Conference: Navigating Sudan’s conflict – research insights and policy implications

Mar 24th, 2024 • by HALA ABUSHAMA, KHALID SIDDIG, OLIVER KIRUI, MOSAB AHMED, AND PAUL DOROSH

Since the onset of civil war in April 2023, millions of people in Sudan have suffered from loss of livelihoods, destruction of infrastructure, and disruption of essential services. With the war still underway, Sudan is facing the world's largest displacement crisis—with 6.5 million displaced people internally and another 1.7 million driven into neighboring countries—and a surge in acute food insecurity, soaring poverty levels, and extensive losses in income, employment, and productive assets.