18, 2005). Unfortunately, this fact alone impedes its recovery due to the horrific growth of AIDS victims in farming communities. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has studied the growth in AIDS and its impact on rural families.
The disease is ruining agricultural households. The study shows that 45% of respondents from HIV/Aids-affected households said they had reduced the area under cultivation. Even more -60%- said they had reduced the number of crops grown. (Mail and Guardian online, http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspxarea=/breaking_news_africa&arti, Nov. 18, 2005).
If food shortages are a multifaceted issue, then single-lined responses to its dilemma no longer serve to provide solutions. In essence, starvation will continue if both governmental policies and global initiatives cannot blend strategies to establish alliances that offer solutions to this cyclical problem. Nic Maunder, a specialist at the Famine Early Warning Center in Nairobi, described a few of the main concerns that need to be addressed as a stepping stone to greater achievement.