Regional Response to Food Insecurity in Eastern and Central Africa: Addressing HIV & Gender Inequities through Agriculture
The overwhelming majority of people living with HIV and dying of AIDS are the rural poor of developing countries, and among them women figure disproportionately. This is particularly true in Eastern and Central Africa where the cumulative impact of many years of political crises, conflicts and displacements have disrupted the livelihoods of local populations. Breaking the inter-generational transfer of indigenous knowledge and life skills, causing individual and social trauma, the loss of productive assets and triggering the destruction of already scarce rural infrastructures, the long-standing protracted humanitarian emergencies are further aggravated by the HIV epidemic.
Rapid interventions integrated into a long term development strategy are needed, for the combination of emergency and development approaches ensures that immediate life-threatening issues are addressed while working on sustainable solutions for the long term.