Approximately 1.5 million people are experiencing extreme food emergency conditions. They are being forced to eat insects and sell kitchen utensils and other basic items.
The WFP warned that the number of people in need of help is three times higher than they forecast in June, as the situation has worsened faster than expected in ten districts in the country's south.
Almost half of those under the age of five suffer from chronic nutritional deficiencies, and hunger has forced three out of four children to drop out of school to help find food at home.
"Most of the women we have spoken to say that they have nothing to feed their children except some plants that grow alongside the roads," WFP spokesperson Tomson Phiri said.
According to the 2020 FAO global food crises report: ‘In 2019 over 30 million people in 11 SADEC countries, - DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe – faced acute food insecurity.’ Read at https://t.co/7KSGii6rCNpic.twitter.com/sNR1wdBz3Z