Acute Hunger Continues to Rise in Africa South of the Sahara: 2023 Global Food Policy Report Released
In Africa south of the Sahara, the share of the population facing food insecurity is more than double that of any other region in the world, according to IFPRI’s 2023 Global Food Policy Report: Rethinking Food Crises Responses. Approximately 282 million people in Africa south of the Sahara, or around 20 percent of the population, were undernourished and food-insecure in 2021.
Rainy Season Begins in Kenya But Food Security Challenges Remain
The long rainy season in Kenya got off to a relatively good start in March, according to an update from FEWS Net. While the precipitation has begun to replenish water levels reduced by five consecutive seasons of below-average rainfall, however, much of the country continues to struggle with the high food prices, reduced agricultural productivity, and reduced livelihoods caused by the prolonged drought.
FSP Launches New Courses on Economic Modeling
The Food Security Portal E-learning Platform has launched two new courses: “General Equilibrium Models – an Introduction” and “Advanced General Equilibrium Models.”
Led by IFPRI Senior Researcher Antoine Bouet, these courses will introduce participants to computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling, a powerful tool for analyzing a wide range of food policy issues at both the country and the global level.
Building Better Bean Value Chains: Evidence from Uganda
Beans play an important role in the diets of rural Ugandans, making up as much as 25 percent of average daily protein intake. They are also an important cash crop within the country, with biofortified beans holding the potential for significant value-added production and income generation. However, this potential is constrained by Uganda’s weak seed systems and uncoordinated value chains, which limit productivity.
Humanitarian Crisis Continues in Horn of Africa
The eastern Horn of Africa continues to experience acute hunger and food insecurity, according to FEWS Net. The region has faced multiple shocks in recent years, including a historic five-season drought, multiple conflicts, and economic shocks; all of these factors have contributed to drastically lowering agricultural and livestock productivity, reducing livelihoods, and driving poor populations into ever-worsening hunger.