African leaders are currently meeting for a three-day Summit in Senegal to lay out plans to unlock the continent’s food-production potential. The Feed Africa Summit is hosted by Senegal’s President Macky Sall, the African Union’s Chairperson and the African Development Bank in an effort to coordinate and mobilise vital resources to bridge the demand in the continent’s food value chain. The summit is a follow-up to the first meeting in 2015, when the Feed Africa Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa was proposed.
According to the Africa Development Bank Group, “Globally, 828 million people suffer from hunger, with Africa accounting for 249 million or a third of that number. The irony is that Africa alone, with 65 per cent of the remaining arable land, has the potential to feed nine billion people in the world by 2050.” Since 2015, an additional 90 million Africans now go to bed hungry because of unending conflicts, extreme climate-related events and economic shocks.
The ONE Campaign is calling on African leaders to use this Summit to build a cohesive plan that will transform the continent's food system, and must include:
Désiré Assogbavi, Francophone Africa Director of the ONE Campaign, said: This Summit serves as a moment for African leaders to further the dialogue on achieving food self-sufficiency, amidst the persistent effects of the pandemic and ongoing occurrences of crisis on the continent. It is now critical to have a cross-border integrated strategy to unleash the agricultural potential of Africa, for sustainable food production. If this can be accomplished Africa stands to benefit, and the world will gain immensely from such a collaborative effort.