5 May 2010


Catherine Pazderka


This paper provides an overview of the current status of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and the impact of the pandemic on the workers in the food supply chain.

At the household level, illness and/or death from HIV/AIDS results in a reduction of income or disposable cash and a reduction of household labour quality and quantity. At the business level, there are high opportunity costs arising from absenteeism or loss of working hours and employee recruitment, re-training and retention rates. In all respects, HIV/AIDS is rolling back years of progress in development and poverty alleviation. The paper concludes by outlining a number of key priority areas for donors, governments and businesses on HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation.

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