Facts About Hunger in Africa
250 million people are experiencing hunger, which is nearly 20% of the population. It is projected that the region will be unable to feed 60 percent of population by 2025.
Ending hunger isn’t about supply. The world produces enough food to feed everyone on the planet. The biggest drivers of hunger in Africa are:
Conflict – Conflict is the #1 driver of hunger in the Africa, and it’s entirely preventable. It uproots families, destroys economies, ruins infrastructure and halts agricultural production.
Poverty – remains one of the most significant causes of hunger. More than half of all Africans live below the poverty line (on less than $1.50 a day). It is this lack of money or other resources to purchase food that results in hunger, both chronic and hidden. Consequently, hunger leads to poverty, as hungry people produce below potential
Extreme Weather – Climate change is one of the leading causes of global hunger, causing more frequent and intense extreme weather events. This leads to land degradation, pest and diseases like malaria, inhibits agricultural production in Africa and takes breadwinners from their families.
Population growth and urbanization – Africa’s annual urban growth rate is the highest in the world at 4 percent. The cities are already faced with enormous backlogs in housing and infrastructure development. This means food production and economic growth must increase to much the population growth and this is placing pressure on food security
Women & Hunger – Although women are the primary farmers of agricultural land in most African communities, their access to land is, on average, less than half that of men. Women constitute the majority of food producers, but are more likely than men to suffer from hunger and malnourishment. That’s because in many cases, women eat last and least.
As you might imagine, those who will be mostly affected by hunger are vulnerable children, people and women living in extreme poverty and or are from low-income families
There is Hope and Not All Is Lost
Together, We Can Help Those That Are Hungry and Hurting
Although one can see that Africa’s problems are enormous, there are many opportunities to improve conditions for the majority of the suffering poor and the needy.
Bread of Life International strategy seeks to ensure food is immediately available to the poor and needy orphans, children, families, widows, and vulnerable people that are hungry, hurting, and experiencing crisis or extreme hardship.
while working with partners to eradicate hunger by investing more in the agriculture sector, expanding agricultural financing to small-scale or household farmers, increase inclusivity, sustainability and nutrition by increasing women-owned agriculture and agribusiness enterprises, supporting Youth employment in agribusiness and food security and prevention of malnutrition and so on…
Why Our Work Matters
Freedom from hunger has been described as a fundamental human right, and the African Union Malabo Declaration and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 call for ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, and promoting sustainable food systems by 2025 and 2030 respectively, and this is a priority of Bread of Life International.
We seek to end and eliminate hunger across Africa. We want to ensure every family in Africa has enough safe, nutritious, and sufficient food. Africa with zero hunger can positively impact the economies, health, education, equality and social development for the people and world at large.