IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS News and information service | Southern Africa | SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV/AIDS, poverty leave over 3m short of food | Care Treatment | Daily
Saturday 8 July 2006
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews


East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
·South Africa
West Africa
RSS - News Briefs


PlusNews E-mail Subscription

SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV/AIDS, poverty leave over 3m short of food

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG , 29 June (PLUSNEWS) - Despite better harvests in Southern Africa, more than three million people will remain short of food because of HIV/AIDS and poverty, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned this week.

The announcement was made after a one-day conference by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in Johannesburg, where participants heard that Malawi recorded its best harvest in nearly five years because of better rainfall and a greater availability of seeds and fertilisers.

While welcoming the news, WFP Executive Director James Morris, who is also the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy, noted that the region was not completely out of the woods yet.

"As long as HIV/AIDS remains at such epic proportions throughout Southern Africa, a large number of people will face severe hardship unless international assistance is provided. Good harvests do not necessarily mean people have enough to eat," he said in a statement.

According to the 2006 Report on the UNAIDS Global Epidemic, one-third of the worldwide 2005 AIDS death-toll occurred in Southern Africa, the region hardest-hit.



UNAIDS highlights poor progress in containing HIV/AIDS,  30/May/06
Expecting poor marks for AIDS prevention on the UNGASS report card,  23/May/06
AIDS voices least heard - study,  7/May/06
Fudging the UNGASS report card,  20/Apr/06
Migrants find sex trade a dead end street,  19/Apr/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.

[Back] [Home Page]

Click here to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about PlusNews Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to Webmaster

Copyright © IRIN 2006
The material contained on comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
All PlusNews material may be reposted or reprinted free-of-charge; refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use. IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.