Public-Private Investment In Local Food Systems Critical To Eradicating Hunger In Africa

The Guardian: Wiping out hunger in Africa could cost just $5bn. What are we waiting for?
Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM

“Billions are spent on humanitarian aid, yet nearly 60 million children across Africa go to bed hungry. … U.N. figures show that more than 250 million people in Africa — one in five — are undernourished, making them vulnerable to disease, deficiencies, and developmental stunting that stops them reaching their full potential. It has to change. Richer donor countries need to show they are serious about helping to eradicate malnutrition and hunger by ripping off the bandage of food aid. This sounds counterintuitive, but donors need to invest in agriculture and local food manufacturing instead so that African countries can become self-sufficient. But this requires a bold new approach funded by public-private investment. … Food security in Africa is an achievable goal. Private companies need to step forward to invest in that brighter future. Together with local farmers and governments, we can eradicate hunger in Africa” (7/15).