More than 100 million people on the African continent face “catastrophic” levels of food insecurity, according to a new report released by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).
The report states that Africa has long suffered from food insecurity caused by many factors such as conflict, insecurity, locust infestations, lack of rain, climatic factors, market instability and disasters. that contribute to decreased production and access to nutritious foods.
The report, released last Thursday, said that “the Corona pandemic was also the main driver of acute food insecurity in rural and urban areas of most African countries”.
In East Africa, worse results are expected until at least next month in most parts of the region (northeast Somalia, southern Sudan and Ethiopia, including the Tig ray region), a he added.
The report indicates that areas affected by conflict and civil insecurity, particularly in Lake Chad, the border areas between Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, and Nigeria, suffer from limited access to land. and other means of production.
The organization said “there is no time to waste” and called for immediate action in terms of speed and scale, saying: “We call for collective, bold and strategic actions. long term in order to eliminate hunger ”.