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    SADC Food and Nutrition Security Update Issue - 03 - 2019 - 2020

    COVID-19 likely to have major impact on food and nutrition security and livelihoods in SADC. About 43 million people estimated to be acutely food insecure in the Region, calling for urgent resourcing and scale up of the interventions planned by both Member States and their humanitarian partners. Poor seasonal rainfall distribution dampens overall harvest prospects for many parts of the Region. Excessive rains cause flooding and destruction of crop fields and property in northeastern parts of the Region. Preliminary crop production estimates for Malawi, Namibia and South Africa show an increase in most crops including maize. The African migratory locust outbreaks recorded in Botswana and Namibia. Fall armyworm and foot and mouth disease remain a challenge in the Region.