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What African countries are doing to help people to eat amid the lockdowns

By By Damian Zane BBC News updated 10:00

Stuck at home because of the lockdown, 25-year-old Ugandan Richard Kabanda is worried about feeding his family.

The motorbike taxi driver, who used to earn about $2 (1.60) a day, has had no work since the government banned public transport last month as part of measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

"We are going to die because there is nothing we can do," he told the BBC from his house, which is in a slum, close to the swamps by Lake Victoria.

"We are going to die inside our homes because we will run out of food yet we've been told not to leave our homes."

How to balance lives with livelihoods

Once his savings had run out, he had hoped to benefit from a food distribution programme that the government promised to 1.5 million of those most in need.

His experience was typical of the more than four out of five African workers who survive day-to-day in the informal sector and have no access to state assistance.

African governments, including Uganda's, are now facing a policy conundrum.