Climate and conflicts: Will Africa’s food insecurity get worse?

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Monday, 19 September 2022 12:56

Chef Elijah Amoo Addo, and transport manager Ali Samed, 39, of Food For All Africa review stock information at a satellite warehouse in Offinso, Ghana June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

From the war in Ukraine, conflicts in the Horn of Africa, to low intra-continental trade and a rise in prices of agriculture inputs, food insufficiency on the continent is on the rise, say experts. These factors will continue to be key determinants in Africa’s food security matrix in the coming months.

An estimated 346 million people in Africa are said to be experiencing food shortages, according to reports by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the African Union (AU) released early this year. Another 190 million people, most of them in Ethiopia, Madagascar and South Sudan are said to be in acute food crisis, another FAO report says.