The number of people who go hungry in Africa’s poorest countries is growing despite advances in food production, say Oxfam researchers who urge European donors and African governments to invest more in small farms and give rural people a bigger stake in decision-making.
A new report by the global anti-poverty group says more than 230 million people – or one-in-four Africans living south of the Sahara – are undernourished, up 38% from 20 years ago.
Though Oxfam cites big improvements in food availability and nutritional health in many African countries, it says access to land and underinvestment in the farm sector keep too many people in grinding poverty.
The findings are largely supported by international organisations concerned about food security on the rapidly growing continent. The European Commission’s research arm, for example, will soon publish an atlas that shows land and soil degradation pose a threat to food production in Africa.