Southern Africa

Esther Ndlovu, small farmer in Matobo district, southern Zimbabwe. Photo: Innocent Katsande/Oxfam

Blog: Zimbabwe: Swift action required as numbers of people affected by drought rise

Last week the Southern Africa Development Community declared a regional drought emergency, and launching a $2.4 billion appeal to the international community. Oxfam Communications Coordinator, Innocent Katsande reports from Zimbabwe on the urgent need for help.

Farming in Zimbabwe. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Drought stings Southern Africa: The region’s leadership must act now as millions face food crisis

Around 28 million people in Southern Africa now face alarming levels of hunger and food insecurity. The Southern African Development Committee's declaration of a regional emergency must be a clarion call for donors, national governments and the humanitarian community to act faster.

Barbara Chinyeu (36) is a widow who risks her life every day to irrigate her crops and feed her two children. She lives in Chiawa, Zambia, a rural area with few transport links and employment opportunities. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Message to Southern Africa leaders: invest in women and smallholder farmers

From the 17-18 August 2015, SADC (Southern African Development Community) Heads of State will take key decisions that will determine the direction of development and integration in the region. They should elevate one issue above all others: the importance of investment in women and smallholder farmers. 

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