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It is also worsening levels of acute malnutrition in particularly at-risk communities. 

The UN food agencies are escalating their responses across the nine countries, planning to assist more than 11 million people by mid-2020. In addition to addressing urgent food and nutrition needs, they will help smallholder farmers boost production and reduce losses, manage precious soil and water resources in a sustainable way and embrace climate-smart agricultural practices, better access to inputs, credit and markets, and spearhead vaccination campaigns to contain livestock disease. It is time to scale up agricultural emergency response, according to Alain Onibon, FAO's Sub-Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa.

Southern Africa's temperatures are rising at twice the global average according to the International Panel on Climate Change, and the region includes six of the nine African countries set to be hardest hit by adverse weather in coming years: DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


More information:

FAO Website: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1242784/icode/

IPC – Integrated Food Security Phase Certification: http://www.ipcinfo.org/ipc-country-analysis/results/en/?imagealttext=77106

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