Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal…How to feed growing urban populations

By Estelle Maussion
Posted on Thursday, 24 November 2022 10:22

Adjamé market, the largest in Abidjan, in July 2020. © Issouf SANOGO/AFP

Taking concerted and multi-faceted action like introducing intra-city agriculture, rehabilitating the market, and investing in transport will be needed to provide food for the 760 million urban dwellers that Africa will have in 2030.

The food economy – all the activities that enable people to feed themselves – is expected to be a $1trn market in Africa by the end of the decade, according to the World Bank. This sector, which generates 35% of GDP in West Africa according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is a source of wealth and employment and plays a crucial role in ensuring food security and sovereignty.