Survey confirms hunger in South Africa is escalating in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown
Friday 16 October is National Food Day and October has been declared the Food Security Month, but hunger has been growing under lockdown, despite the government’s commitment and efforts to help those in need. These are some of the key findings from the University of Johannesburg-Human Sciences Research Council Covid-19 Democracy Survey.

In the initial phases of the hard lockdown, in April this year, we reported that 28% of people were going to bed hungry. By July, this had grown to 40%, and between August and September increased slightly to 43% (Figure 1). This rise in hunger demonstrates the continuing economic hardship that many people are facing in the wake of the economic turmoil of the lockdown.

Overall, between April and September, the percentage of those going to bed hungry increased by 10 percentage points. There were also distinct differences between who was reporting hunger between Round 1 and 2 of the survey.

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