Impact of covid-19 could deepen food insecurity in Africa

Written by on 15 May, 2020

The World Health Organisation’s Africa region says the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could deepen food insecurity and malnutrition on the continent.

There are now more than 72 000 confirmed cases of the virus in Africa and over 2000 people have died.

WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, says recent estimates suggest that as many as 73 million people on the continent are acutely food insecure, and Covid-19 is exacerbating food shortages.

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Meanwhile more than two billion rand have already been donated to the Solidarity Fund that was established by the South African government to address the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There is however concern about the possibility of corruption. The Executive Director of Corruption Watch, David Lewis, believes that it is possible for the funds to reach the intended beneficiaries.
He asked for great vigilance, not only on the part of government, but most particularly by civil society.

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