Given the persistent foodstuff insecurity and malnutrition prevalent in the Southern African location, this paper analyses the job of food protection and nourishment in social defense programming and in bridging the humanitarian- growth divide using the COVID-19 working experience of various countries in the region.
Over the very last several years, countries in the Southern African region have battled various shocks spanning a number of dimensions– health, financial, social, and climatic. When extreme climate ailments and their affect on agri-primarily based livelihoods have been compounding structural vulnerabilities and chronically worsening food stuff protection and nutrition, COVID-19 and the similar mitigation measures (lockdowns, border closures etcetera.) have further pushed millions into foodstuff insecurity of “crisis-degree or better.” This has shown the urgency of reinforcing investments in countrywide social protection methods the place foods protection and nourishment provide as the basis. Utilizing the COVID-19 expertise of a number of nations in the Southern Africa location, this paper analyses the function of foodstuff safety and diet in social security programming and in bridging the humanitarian- growth divide. In the method, it solutions the subsequent vital inquiries:
How has COVID-19 compounded pre-existing vulnerabilities and afflicted the standing of meals stability and diet in the Southern African region?
To what extent have social protection responses to COVID-19 in the southern African region been responsive to foodstuff protection and nutrition needs?
Why must food stuff protection and diet be at the centre phase for efficiency of social safety responses to crises?
How can social defense be an powerful platform to respond to the set of compounding covariant shocks affecting the location in a way that makes sure that foodstuff stability and nourishment are safeguarded and strengthened?