Fighting famine in Southern Africa: steps out of the crisis

Fighting famine in Southern Africa: steps out of the crisis

Briefing on options for Southern African famine mitigation strategies

Briefing paper on policy approaches that IFPRI research in Africa has shown to be effective in fighting famine. Recommendations include:

  • Make food available to those suffering most as fast as possible
  • Distribute food to people where they live
  • Target the most affected areas first
  • Use standardized and formal guidelines for distribution
  • Within areas, aim assistance at the neediest households
  • Invest in health services during famine relief and recovery
  • Implement labor-intensive public works programs.
  • Target public works schemes to poor households
  • Provide payment in the form of food when food prices are too high
  • Implement supplementary programs to assist destitute households that cannot participate in public works schemes
  • Encourage the private sector to implement employment schemes for the poor
  • Develop public and private partnerships to make food more available
  • Deliver agricultural inputs to farmers for the next growing season
  • Introduce agricultural technologies appropriate to the situation
  • Encourage farmers to produce staple food crops
  • Develop institutions to improve farmers’ access to and use of new technologies and assets
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