AU: food insecurity becoming more prevalent in African…


The African Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) said yesterday that it is concerned about the increase in food insecurity in , especially in countries where persists.

According to the body, prolonged is affecting food production and many countries are failing to feed their . The has also been worsened by the effects of climate change.

It said starvation levels on the continent are on the rise.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture said there are over 280 million food-insecure in Africa.

The AUPSC is concerned that conflicts in of Africa are becoming a major root factor of starvation in the continent.

A report by the Food and Agriculture organisation, the Food Programme identifies Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Nigeria and South in high alert levels of food insecurity. Part of the reason for insufficient food supply in these countries is .

The UN has also raised the red flag in Africa where over 27 million people are food insecure in Burkina Faso, Niger, , , and Federal Republic of Nigeria partly because of conflict.

An analysis report by Amani Africa, African research think tank shows that to in some countries, aid does not reach the intended .

The report further that parties to war are accused of using starvation as a tactic of war and of agricultural inputs, products and infrastructure.


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