Policy brief: Feeding Africa’s Cities in the 21st century
Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s hungriest region, with about 220 million undernourished people. There is enough food produced globally to feed the world, yet millions are hungry because they cannot afford to buy nutritious food.
Feeding Africa’s rapidly growing urban poor population – and thus preventing the many problems that arise from food insecurity – is one of the region’s biggest development challenges. To meet this challenge, questions of urban food security must first be understood in the context of a larger and flawed food system that is often led by global and market forces rather than the needs of hungry people. Policy measures must address the complex and multi-sectoral nature of food systems. Underlying all action, however, is the urgent need for policymakers and government officials to actively address the systemic drivers of food insecurity.
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