Southern Africa is the part of the world most affected by AIDS. It is also prone to recurrent food crises. Indeed, there is a hypothesis, known as New Variant Famine (NVF) that an inability to access food relates more to AIDS than to environmental conditions. Earlier reports suggested that AIDS might affect the ability of young people in the region to access food in the future. For example, family illness might make it harder for them to learn farming skills or mean they do not inherit family land. This new study from Brunel University considers these and other areas. It explores the impact that AIDS, in combination with other factors - such as the local economy and development policy - has on the ability of young people in the rural parts of Southern Africa to secure a livelihood. The study questions the NVF hypothesis and has important conclusions for policy.
Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.