Written by Arnaldo Vieira
Published on 3rd May 2021
The World Food Programme (WFP) listed Madagascar as facing drought and cited that several southern African countries face drought or have declared lower than average rainfall, leading to food shortages. The WFP has appealed for $74 million for the next six months to save the lives of Madagascar citizens who face famine. The WFP stated that 1.35 million people require emergency food and nutrition assistance as a result of successive droughts in southern Madagascar.
The WTF has predicted food shortages in Angola as there have been subsequent episodes of drought since December along with reports that the situation is unlikely to improve. Officials have reported that 10,000 Angolan citizens have fled to neighbouring country Namibia because of the droughts. In February 2021, the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) and the World Bank (WB) unveiled the Southern African Drought Resilience Initiative (SADRI).