There are renewed concerns over the devastating drought. Several countries in the region are affected. Mozambique’s government has now issued a red alert.
Zimbabwe earlier this year declared a state of national disaster, and Malawi has now done so too. We begin our coverage tonight in that country.
The children of Malawi are waiting. Not for school, nor play-time, nor for fun. But simply for food.
Behind them, the best hope they have at getting it – withers away.
A combination of floods and dry spells have ravaged crops. Nearly three million people are either going hungry, or surviving on food aid.
In a few weeks time that will stop, unless funding is secured.
The number of families affected is expected to double to more than five million – a third of the country. A state of emergency looks likely.
Aid agencies say that years of resilience building is being worn away and the next six months, could haunt the country for years to come.