For developing countries, COVID has hit harder compared to wealthy nations due to the shortage of vaccines and facilities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has harmed food security. For countries in South Africa, access to food is more and more challenging, let alone the current challenges they face.
THE GENERAL LANDSCAPE
The general landscape of food distribution in South Africa alone could be described as grim. South Africa has constantly been suffering from food shortages. According to the 2020 report by Food Security and Nutrition in the world (SOFI), more than 1.5 billion people cannot save up enough money for a diet that meets the required amounts of essential nutrients. The report also highlighted that if unequal food distribution persists, South Africa is projected to account for the highest number of undernourished people.
MEASURES TAKEN TO HANDLE FOOD DISTRIBUTION DURING COVID
Africa has come up with ways to alleviate the drastic impacts of COVID on food security. The South African Development Bank responded to the pandemic by introducing a robust public and private sector package called Feed Africa Response to COVID-19, also known as FAREC. Research by Mohamed et al. (2021) indicated that FAREC aided 23 African nations in allocating money in existing bank-financed agricultural loans to cover farming activities. This action has contributed to creating “green lanes” for unrestricted food flow and moderating food prices through targeted grain exports and food stock replenishment.
The epidemic has compounded market fluctuations in agricultural commodities, making investment decisions for food system stakeholders more challenging. Therefore, The Bank will focus on policy initiatives to enhance supply and food mobility, establish food security working groups in countries, and reinforce regional organizations’ coordination of cross-national operations.
WHAT HAS CSWOI BEEN DOING TO HELP?
However, these measures are not enough for the citizens to subsist. Long-term measures should be further implemented. Therefore, that’s why we were established to help. CSWOI is an organization that pays attention to the social needs of people and their welfare. This is proven through the provision and distribution of food parcels to over 100 families, especially during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, 62 families were fed every week from 2013 to 2015.
Regarding our scope, the beneficiaries of this program include children, women, and families who are most in need of food. The beneficiaries are located in Kempton Park, Rhosefield, and Tembisa Communities in South Africa. We often distribute food parcels, which contain maize powder, vegetables, fruits, fish, sugar, tea bags, and sometimes we also distribute coffee and milk. In the past, we provided food parcels weekly for 500 women and their families and 500 children annually. However, we have reduced it from 100 to 60 women and their families every week due to the pandemic. Currently, little or no donations of food parcels have been donated. Therefore, we need your participation to support us in stabilizing people’s lives kindly.