The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, based in Gaborone, Botswana, oversees operations to implement SADC’s mandate. The Public Relations Unit (PRU) promotes popular participation of SADC and is the lead executor of the SADC corporate communication including public and media relations, public affairs, protocol and special events management, thus the custodian of communications, branding and promotional strategies. Thus, the Public Relations Unit strives to establish and maintain lines of communication, mutual understanding, acceptance and co-operation between SADC and its internal and external publics/stakeholders.
Date Signed: 2020-05-28
Type: Documents & Publications, SADC Technical & Thematic Reports
Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Food Security
COVID-19 likely to have major impact on food and nutrition security and livelihoods in SADC. About 43 million people estimated to be acutely food insecure in the Region, calling for urgent resourcing and scale up of the interventions planned by both Member States and their humanitarian partners. Poor seasonal rainfall distribution dampens overall harvest prospects for many parts of the Region. Excessive rains cause flooding and destruction of crop fields and property in northeastern parts of the Region. Preliminary crop production estimates for Malawi, Namibia and South Africa show an increase in most crops including maize. The African migratory locust outbreaks recorded in Botswana and Namibia. Fall armyworm and foot and mouth disease remain a challenge in the Region.