Africa’s food security under fire

Mzukisi Qobo, Wandile Sihlobo and Isaah Mhlanga, Fin24

Agriculture is a dominant economic activity across Sub-Saharan Africa, except for a few resource-rich economies, such as South Africa, Botswana and Angola. Yet Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with high levels of food insecurity and the most acute levels of malnutrition compared to other regions in the world.

The major causes of malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa include adverse climatic conditions which normally lead to a decline in agricultural production and soaring staple food prices, conflict in some countries, lower levels of investment in agriculture, and fragmented agricultural markets.
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The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.