Decades of neglect have hamstrung Africa’s agriculture sector leaving millions on the continent vulnerable to “external shocks” that have led to millions going hungry, policy experts warned at a high-level conference on food security at the African Union in Addis Ababa earlier this month.
The continent is currently in the grip of the worst food crisis for a generation. Around 282 million people are food insecure across Africa, 46 million more than in 2019. The figure could rise to 310 million by 2030, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
In the short-term, a series of external shocks are behind the crisis, including:
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