West Africa

Conflict, weather drive acute hunger

An estimated 73 million people in Africa faced acute levels of hunger and food insecurity in 2019, according to the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises, released this week. The continent accounted for 54 percent of the global total of severely food-insecure people. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world, developing countries in the region will likely see even further disruptions to food access. These disruptions will compound existing food crises and potentially create new ones.

More progress needed on Malabo

This post originally appeared on IFPRI.org

 

By: Tsitsi Makombe and Julie Kurtz

 

Is African Agriculture Waking Up?

This post first appeared on Trade for Development News and the ReSAKSS blog.

Despite longstanding recognition of the benefits of trade and the importance of improving competitiveness, Africa is performing beneath its potential in global and regional agricultural markets.

Understanding local African fertilizer prices

By Joshua Masinde

Conflict to Worsen Food Security in Central West Africa

Since mid-2018, conflict in the Liptako-Gourma region, the border connecting western Niger, northern and eastern Burkina Faso, and central and northeastern Mali, has displaced almost 700,000 people and caused massive disruptions to market functioning and livelihoods, according to a recent alert from FEWS Net. These disruptions are expected to continue to drive urgent humanitarian needs through the rest of 2020.

Transforming Africa's Energy Agenda

The production of safe, nutritious food to feed Africa’s growing and urbanizing population in an economically and environmentally sustainable way will require reliable, affordable clean energy sources. How can Africa ensure both availability of and access to such energy, particularly in rural areas?

Walk the Talk: African CFTA

This piece originally appeared in IFPRI.org.

 

BY ANTOINE BOUËT, DAVID LABORDE, FOUSSEINI TRAORÉ AND SWATI MALHOTRA

The path to rural revitalization in Africa

Rurbanomics: The path to rural revitalization in Africa

By Shenggen Fan and Ousmane Badiane

 

Agricultural growth to spur economic growth

This post first appeared on AllAfrica.com.

By: Danielle Resnick, Xinshen Diao, Peter Hazell, and Shahidhara Kolavalli 

How small businesses are driving growth across African agriculture

A new report from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) finds that millions of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) source directly from millions more smallholder farmers across Africa South of the Sahara. These SMEs, often led by women, include food processors, wholesalers, and retailers. SMEs provide a range of services, from transport and logistics to the sale of inputs such as fertilizer and seed to farmers.

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