SADC to Co-Operate On Drought
Author: Elita Chikwati
Southern African Development Community (Sadc) member states have been challenged to urgently implement measures to mitigate the effects of El-Nino to reduce food shortages and malnutrition.
This came out at a multi-sectoral stakeholder consultative meeting held in South Africa last week to develop a regional preparedness and response strategy to address the impact of El-Nino on agriculture, food and nutrition security in the region.
The meeting was attended by 165 delegates from the agriculture, environment, food and nutrition, disaster management, climate change, water, health, planning and finance sectors from 15 Sadc member states.
The participants acknowledged that climatic extremes would continue to recur and hence there was a need for the region to develop and implement both short, medium and long-term measures in a co-ordinated manner.
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