Food crisis in Africa
By the start of 2020, the worst locust infestation of recent decades had already destroyed numerous crops in Ethiopia. Since then, HEKS/EPER has been supporting affected families through small financial contributions to help them stave off hunger.
Some 230’000 refugees from neighbouring South Sudan are now living under dire conditions at the Bidibidi refugee camp. Each household does in fact have access to a small parcel of land, but cultivating it is often very problematic. The steady decline in food distributions is spawning conflict between refugees and local people. HEKS/EPER is therefore striving to improve food production for self-sufficiency and to encourage various groups to live together in harmony.
In South Sudan too, hunger is omnipresent. Armed conflict has displaced millions of people from their homes. Border closures due to the corona pandemic have led to food shortages. Many peasant families are therefore consuming their stocks of corn originally meant for sowing and are also having to sell their animals. HEKS/EPER is therefore distributing seeds and tools and offering the local people advice on sustainable production as well as information on hygiene rules for the prevention of covid-19.