Rising food prices present a very real threat to ongoing efforts to combat poverty and hunger in southern Africa. However, this brief produced by the Regional Hunger & Vulnerability Programme (RHVP), argues that this is not necessarily the full picture.
Malawi has experienced several catastrophic droughts over the past few decades. The impact of these shocks has been far reaching, and the resulting macroeconomic instability has been a major constraint to growth and poverty reduction in Malawi.
This briefing note is based on a survey by Save the Children and Oxfam on the impact of rising prices on household food security in five countries in the Sahel: Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Mali.