South Africa is not the only country in the South African Development Community (SADC) currently experiencing drought conditions. The problem is far more wide-spread, with Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar facing immediate food insecurity.
The SADC region will be facing an estimated 27.4 million food-insecure people over the next few months, warned the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and its World Food Programme (WFP) in a recently issued statement. These crisis conditions were created by ongoing drought along with failed harvests in several countries during the summer of 2014/2015.
The FAO argued that adopting climate smart technologies for crop production systems would increase resilience among SADC communities and promote sustainable production.