‘There have been improvements in some areas of sub-Saharan Africa that helped reduce hunger from more than 50% of the population in 1995, to less than a third today… These include progress against corruption, warfare and improvement in infrastructure for food production and distribution. Since those issues have seen improvements, that leaves demographic change as the presumed major contributor to hunger today.’
In other words, sub-Saharan populations are growing fast and food supplies aren’t keeping up. As I mentioned yesterday, the World Resources Institute aims to tackle hunger. But it’s no simple matter.
Ms Sanchez says, ‘Ultimately, economic maturity could slow population growth in the same way that it has improved lives and lowered family sizes in other parts of the world. Until that trend takes over, however, domestic food production and purchased imports won’t be able to meet demand.’
I’m grateful to my fellow blogger Dr B A Usman for drawing attention to this.