A NEW report by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has stated that food availability is adequate and stable in the country, as it urges Member States to strengthen mechanisms to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.

The 2020 Synthesis Report on the State of Food and Nutrition Security and Vulnerability in Southern Africa that was released yesterday, disclosed that close to 44.8 million people across Southern of Africa are food insecure.

However, “Generally, food availability is sufficient and stable countrywide. Rice and maize yields are expected to increase by 6per cent from last year. Food stocks and accessibility are expected to increase at household level in the 2020/21 consumption year,” reads the report in part.

It revealed that the prices of major staple food commodities like maize, rice and beans have been declining since June 2020; and attributed this to good rainfall and availability of pasture which has also contributed to livestock population increase.

The report further lists measures that are taken by the government (of Tanzania) in ensuring food and nutrition security as increasing the minimal level of cereal reserve at the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) from 251,000 tonnes to 501,000 tonnes and monitoring food exports, particularly grains.

” In order to ensure food and nutrition security, the country is to conduct timely national comprehensive vulnerability assessments, sustain and promote proper post-harvest handling and storage; as well as increase investment in irrigation farming and continue to create awareness on Covid-19,” recommended the report.