Hunger in Africa surges due to conflict, climate and food prices

About 346m people in Africa are facing severe food insecurity, meaning they have likely experienced hunger, in the worst crisis since 2017.
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Conflict, climate change and rising food and fuel prices are pushing about a quarter of Africans towards hunger, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.

About 346 million people in Africa are facing severe food insecurity, meaning they have likely experienced hunger, in the worst crisis since 2017. Last year, the figure was about 286 million.

“The acute food insecurity situation in many of the countries where we are working – and people are already affected by armed conflict – is tipping into famine-like conditions,” said Dominik Stillhart, ICRC’s global operations director.

Two years of conflict in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region has left millions facing famine-like conditions and created a hunger crisis in neighbouring regions.

Insurgencies in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria have also deepened food insecurity in West Africa, which now faces its worst food crisis on record.

Many of countries dealing with conflict are also among the most severely affected by climate change, including South Sudan and Somalia, said Stillhart.

About 90% of Somalia is currently affected by drought, said Stillhart. If this year’s rains do not materialise, 1.4 million children under five will be acutely malnourished, the United Nations World Food Programme has said.

In February alone, drought killed 650 000 livestock, devastating the scores of Somalis for whom the animals represented income, safety nets and savings.

Meanwhile, global food and fuel prices are sky-rocketing, in part because of the war in Ukraine, Stillhart said.

Prices for wheat, of which Russia and Ukraine are both leading producers, have retreated from all-time highs hit last month Wc1 but remain 70% higher than April 2021. Corn and oil prices have also surged.

“Our call today really is that the attention on the plight of the people of the people in Ukraine – which is of course terrible – should not prevent the world from looking at other crises,” said Stillhart.

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There is only one real problem in Africa.
A total lack of competent political leadership !!!!!!
All the rest are merely excuses for their failures to adequately resolve the problems !!!!

Please don’t blame hunger in Africa on weather, conflict, and food prices. Israel is exposed to exactly the same issues all the time. Israel is a desert, but they have food security. Unlike most African nations, Israel does not even have substantial mineral resources, but its GDP per Capita is higher than any African nation.

All nations experience weather, conflict, and prices. Why do those factors create hunger only in African nations? Nations that have experienced, and continue to respect, the economic miracle of property rights, never suffer hunger, unemployment, and poverty. Hunger is a manmade catastrophe in modern times. Hunger is nature’s retribution for violations of property rights and individual freedom.

The system of property rights incentivizes accountability, individualism, frugality, forward planning, and mature behaviour patterns. These characteristics produce an abundance of crucial resources and save lives.

When we consider the fact that hunger is confined to collectivist nations, it is clear that humans can literally eat property rights, but they cannot eat communalism. The Freedom Charter is a recipe for hunger, and Luthuli House is the chef.

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