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Food Security in Africa - A Reality or an Illusion?
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition & Development (AJFAND) (2004)
  • Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa
Abstract

Food security for the increasing populations in Africa is threatened by both long term and chronic developments and some more acute crisis. One chronic trend is the slowdown of agricultural growth, particularly in view of the rapid population growth. Agricultural growth may be slow for numerous reasons, including loss of fertility in over-used or worn-out soils, and increasing use of marginal lands. Other more acute crisis situations often result in conditions of food insecurity. Among these are natural disasters such as floods and droughts and also war and armed conflicts. Recent breakdown of peace in many African countries threaten, not only food security in the countries concerned but also that of neighbouring countries where large numbers of refugees settle.

Keywords
  • Food Security,
  • Africa,
  • Nutrition,
  • Agriculture
Publication Date
June 24, 2004
Citation Information
Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa. "Food Security in Africa - A Reality or an Illusion?" African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition & Development (AJFAND) Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/emmanueloheneafoakwa/76/