One in four people in sub-Saharan Africa are hungry, the worst prevalence of any region in the world and more than double the global average. Climate change is a major contributor to this, threatening the ability of more and more people to grow and buy enough to eat. Southern Africa is particularly vulnerable with up to 80% of national populations relying for their food, income and employment on agriculture, which is mostly rain fed and highly climate- dependent.
80% of the food in the region is produced by small scale farmers, 75% of which is due to the contributions of women. However, they disproportionately suffer the impacts of climate change, which exacerbate already existing vulnerabilities, including insecure access to land and water for production. With a wealth of indigenous knowledge and practices, smallholder farmers, especially women, are the backbone of food security in southern Africa and are pursuing alternative forms of agriculture that are sustainable, efficient and resilient.
However, unless small scale farmers, particularly women, get the support they need, climate change will reverse any development gains made and the number of southern Africans suffering from hunger will continue to rise.
The Southern Africa Food and Climate Justice Campaign is a coalition of civil society organisations and associations of rural women from across the region, working together against hunger and vulnerabilty in the face of climate change. We are calling for support for small scale food producers and women who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Support our right to produce food in a changing climate
-invest in small scale food producers especially women
-secure our access to land and water
-promote indigenous knowledge, practices and seeds