Pandemic exposed gaps in food systems in Africa; Madagascar saw acute malnutrition in children double
Partner institutions that intervene in the area of development in Africa warn of the situation of about 246 million people at risk of starvation. The situation comes despite continued positive gains in the economy in many countries.
This Thursday, the High Level Africa Food Dialogue brought together regional and research institutions, business leaders, the private sector, investment agencies, academia, civil society and experts.
Analysis of data for the continent highlights that the Covid-19 pandemic situation has exposed fissures in the continent's food systems, which were already under pressure climate change, conflicts and pests.
For the group of institutions, increased investments and partnerships are urgently needed to promote Africa's agricultural transformation through technology and innovation.
On the occasion, the president of the UN Fund for Agriculture, Fida or Ifad, Gilbert Houngbo, defended the promotion of food systems as the engine of growth on the African continent.
Among the organizers of the event “Feeding Africa: Leaders Driving Successful Innovations” are also the African Development Bank, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and the Cgiar System Organization.
African heads of state, senior government officials and leaders of multilateral development banks participated.
One example of the crisis is Madagascar, hundreds of thousands of Africans are on the brink of hunger. In a separate warning, the World Food Program points to a continuous increase in rates of acute malnutrition.
The agency calls for urgent action to help the Indian Ocean island face the humanitarian crisis many of the southern districts are experiencing a nutritional emergency.
Global Acute Malnutrition in children under the age of five has almost doubled in the last four months. The hunger rate among Africans reached 16.5%, according to a recent assessment carried out by the Ministry of Health.
Children are most at risk in areas like Ambovombe, the rate has exceeded 27%. The situation puts the lives of minors at risk because they are four times more likely to die than healthy children.