Southern African Development Community (Sadc), a regional bloc representing 16 nations has said that nearly 45 million people in the region risk going hungry.
It also said eight million are predicted to become acutely malnourished this year.
The regional bloc said this rick is due to drought, floods and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Southern Africa is the hardest hit region in Africa when it comes to the Coronavirus, affecting the urban poor especially.
The Covid-19 pandemic came with restrictions on movement making it difficult for them to go out to trade.
There are many economies in Africa struggling to secure jobs for the jobless and with remittances reducing, it worsened the plight of the poor.
Nearly 900,000 infections have been recorded in Africa with more than 506,000 recoveries and 18,000 deaths.
Over 859,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 506,000 recoveries & 18,000 deaths. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://t.co/V0fkK7WnuG pic.twitter.com/kpv6APILhs
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) July 28, 2020