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Continued food insecurity worry AU despite having abundant land and water

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The African Union has expressed concern that African countries have continued to be threatened with food insecurity despite having abundant land and water resources compared to other regions in the world.

African Union (AU) Head of African Governance Secretariat, Salah Hammad has observed that despite contributing only about 3.8 percent of the greenhouse emissions, Africa is the most hit continent by effects of climate change.

Ambassador Hammad noted that this is why there is need for African countries to work on sustainable measures aimed at mitigation the problems.

Speaking during the launch of the a report on food security and nutrition on the African continent on the sidelines of the forth coming AU mid-year coordination meeting in Lusaka today, Mr. Hammad  said  Africa has continued to remain poor and the number of poverty levels among has increased.

He noted that this is why there is need for collaborative effort to ensure that there is enough food for all the people in Africa.

He explained that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the effects of climate change are eye openers for African leaders to invest more in Agriculture and grow enough food for the continent to be food secured.

Mr.Hammad further commended Oxfam for the continued support in enhancing food security in the African region.

Earlier, Oxfam Southern Africa Programmes Director Dailes Judge disclosed that over 800 million people are likely to be food insecure from 2022 ongoing forward.

And Ms.Judge added that about 22 out of 55 countries are in critical debt stress which will like result in reduced social spending leading to increased poverty levels

She said the high debt levels has also made countries to record slow economic recovery after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby considering bailout packages from multinational institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Ms. Judge pointed out that this is why it is important for African governments to build strong resilience to economic shocks so that can help countries to remain food secured.

4 COMMENTS

  1. African institutions are only good at giving statistics and not dealing with the issues brought forth. And the manner in which the data is shared suggests a begging bowl attitude. They always want somebody to sympathize and offer help. This is the sad situation across Africa. Further, when such aid is rendered a larger portion is stolen and doesn’t reach the intended beneficiaries. Africa’s food insecurity has been discussed since the days of Kwame Nkrumah, Abdel Nasser, Haile Selassie, etc but the solution has been eluding us up to now. We are the problem and not what you’re talking about. Deal with human-beings then you’d solve the problem

  2. Who is the real African? One who steals African resources and stashes them in Europe? We have a president in Africa who lives in Europe and his country still retains him as president. Can’t the AU discuss this?
    We must be proud of Kenneth Kaunda and Julius Nyerere. These presidents never went for medical treatment abroad

    • TRUE ABOUT THE MEDICAL TREATMENT
      BUT LETS NOT FORGET HOW THEY DESTROYED THEIR COUNTRIES
      ZAMBIA HASNT REALLY RECOVERED FULLY
      MOST OF THE YOUTH ARE BORN INTO POVERTY AND BELIEVE THAT IS NORMAL

  3. @Tikki like all one eyed critics you focus only on one aspect and call their entire spectrum of leadership a failure. Just join politics and display how you would have done things differently

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