Africa: Threat of a Perfect Storm -- AIDS and a Fresh Food Crisis
December 20, 2010
Food security organizations are warning that prices for food have risen to a level not seen since the beginning of the 2007-08 crisis. Of the 30 countries most likely to need external food assistance, 22 are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Food Program. And the most vulnerable countries also have many people with HIV/AIDS.
"A national census report [in Malawi] clearly shows that a high percentage of farmers spend a lot of time nursing sick relatives," said Sam Bota, country coordinator for IFPRI's Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods and Food Security (RENEWAL). "And after death, they lose a lot of time, sometimes as long as 20 days for the funeral, all that is a loss of productive time."
Inter Press Service
12.01.2010; Davison Mudzingwa
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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