Regions of Africa such as the Horn of Africa, areas in conflict or experiencing climate shocks are at risk of widespread famine according to the British government. With the help of partners, African leaders are looking for ways to respond effectively to the threat.
The UK government and African leaders are brainstorming ways to tackle food insecurity on the continent. The information was made public on Tuesday January 24 via a press release from the Foreign Affairs Office.
This initiative is implemented thanks to a two-day visit by the British Minister for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell, which began on Tuesday, January 24 in Senegal. This visit is part of the “Dakar 2: Feeding Africa” summit.
At this summit, Minister Mitchell will engage with African leaders on the causes of growing food insecurity and their vision for accelerating agricultural transformation. The aim is “to maximize the UK’s impact in reducing food shortages on the continent”.
“With Russia’s war in Ukraine exacerbating the already dramatic impacts of regional conflicts in Africa and climate change on food security, I also want to hear directly from Macky Sall and other African leaders about the issues facing the continent. and understand how the UK can further support African countries, as we face these challenges together,” he said.
According to UK government data, more than 130 million people across the continent are experiencing a food insecurity crisis. The outlook for 2023 is also not positive. For example, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that the food security situation will deteriorate in parts of Madagascar at the height of the lean season from November 2022 to March 2023.
“Of the 21 districts analyzed, 19 are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and 2.23 million people (36% of the population analyzed) are highly food insecure (IPC Phase 3 or more). These include approximately 252,000 people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and 1.97 million in Crisis (IPC Phase 3),” FAO said.
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