On Thursday, the 16th of January 2020, the UN World Food Programme, Rome-based Food-assistance wing of the United Nation, had issued a statement saying an all-time high of 45 million people in the Botswana-based 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) had been languishing lavishly from hunger over the heard-rending narratives of repeated flooding, widespread droughts alongside steep economic crises and lack of FX reserve.
More importantly, as more than 16 per cent or roughly one in every six people had been grappling with agonizing hunger for more than a year, impacts of climate changes seemed to be wreaking havocs in the 16-member SADC, while the already struggling 16 member nations of Southern African Development Community had been duelling to cope with a number of extreme natural disasters such as Cyclone Idai that pummelled economies of Mozambique, Malawi alongside Zimbabwe back in the 2019s.
Meanwhile, adding Zimbabwe, presumably the most grief-sickened midgut of Southern Africa and the breadbasket of SADC, had been going through its worst economic downturn in decades outlined by a soaring inflation, shortage of fuel, medicine and electricity, World Food Program’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Lola Castro said in a statement on Thursday (January 16th), “...hunger crisis is on a scale we've not seen before and the evidence shows it's going to get worse.
The annual cyclone season has begun and we simply cannot afford a repeat of the devastation caused by last year's unprecedented storms. ”