ODI's Forum for Food Security in Southern Africa programme provides a forum for all relevant stakeholders to discuss the medium to long term causes of apparent increased vulnerability to food insecurity in Southern Africa, and to generate policy options. It covers the region as a whole and five specific countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It intends to bring together ideas from those in government, official donors, NGOs, and researchers concerned with food security. The purpose of the Forum for Food Security in Southern Africa project is to improve linkages between food security analysis, policy making and implementation. The outputs of country papers, thematic essays, e-discussions and policy seminars will generate insights and policy options that will prove useful to stakeholders.