Could Africa Feed the World?

Global Food Politics

South African Farm (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko) South African Farm (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko)

As Americans set off for the Thanksgiving holidays, few will likely pause to reflect on the global inequality surrounding access to food. A estimated one billion people worldwide are obese; an estimated 870 million are hungry. The geography of the maldistribution of food largely reflects the traditional north-south patterns of inequality more generally.

Like this broader pattern of inequality, the unequal distribution of food resources has both natural (geographic) and anthropocentric origins. While progress has been made in reducing the total proportion of the global population that suffers from hunger, progress in Africa has been slower than the global average. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2012 State of Food Insecurity in the World report noted that the number of hungry people declined from 18.6 percent of the global population in 1990-92 to 12.5 percent of the global population in 2010-12. But as the press…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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