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Report of the workshop on interventions to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on smallholder agriculture, food security and rural livelihoods in Southern Africa

Economic Commission for Africa

17-19 October 2005, Lusaka, Zambia

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Background to the Workshop

  1. HIV/AIDS has added significantly to the problems of agriculture and food security in Africa through its effect on subsistence agriculture, where production is highly labor intensive. AIDS causes severe labor and economic constraints that disrupt agricultural activities, aggravate food insecurity, and undermine the prospects of rural development. There is evidence that all dimensions of food security - availability, stability, access and use of food - are affected where the prevalence and impact of HIV/AIDS is high.


  2. Households, communities, governments and development partners are implementing a variety of interventions to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on smallholder agricultural production. However to date, dissemination of these interventions is low. Yet in communities experiencing high HIV/AIDS prevalence rates it is important that rural development practitioners are knowledgeable on such potential interventions so as to ensure that agriculture and rural development interventions can support the mitigation of HIV/AIDS. It is in this context that the Workshop on interventions to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on smallholder agriculture, food security and rural livelihoods in Southern Africa was held from 17 – 19 October 2005 in Lusaka, Zambia. The objective of the workshop was to share knowledge and experiences on policy responses and effective practices in mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on rural livelihoods and rural food security and identify actions, strategies and recommendations to strengthen HIV/AIDS mitigation.




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