After five years of volatile food prices, a global economic downturn and millions being pushed into poverty and food insecurity, is it possible to remain optimistic about defeating hunger in Africa?
The answer, surprisingly, is yes. Even as this economic cycle bites, grounds for optimism can be found in a new determination to address the true causes of hunger. What is becoming increasingly clear is that hunger is not the inevitable result of punishing fluctuations in harvests, food prices, and economic cycles. After all, the rising gross domestic product and incomes of economic good times have often failed to translate into rising food security for the poorest.