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ZAMBIA: AIDS exacerbating food insecurity - FAO


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JOHANNESBURG, 17 August (PLUSNEWS) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned on Tuesday that HIV/AIDS is exacerbating food insecurity in Zambia.

According to FAO Resident Representative Dong Qingsong, the adverse impact of the pandemic was especially harsh on rural households.

Qingsong told a press briefing in the capital, Lusaka, that the "inter-linkages between agricultural production and the AIDS pandemic" needed concerted efforts from all stakeholders, as treatment and nutrition for affected people were critical.

He said: "The pandemic has continued to exert enormous pressures on households, thus threatening agriculture production, food and nutrition security."

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