Africa: Call for Sustainable Measures to Tackle Food Security


Africa faces challenges in food security due to a number of reasons including, but not limited to climate change and insecurities such as terrorism and negative forces that destabilise it.

Prof Manasseh Nshuti, The Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the East African Community, said this while he spoke at the celebrations of the Africa Day 2022, May 25.

In his remarks, he deemed it essential for African governments and the private sector to reflect on the food security issue on the continent and take measures to address it accordingly.

The State Minister stressed that it requires political will and mobilisation from Africans to collectively join efforts to fight against the causes of food security on the continent, adding that liberation has to be embraced in the economy.

“It requires us to upgrade how we cultivate, how we harvest and how we take the produce to the market. If we don’t, our liberation will be hard to manage because when people are hungry, a problem occurs in the country and in Africa in general,” he said.

During the event, there was a discussion reflecting the theme of Africa Day 2022, “Building Resilient and Inclusive African Food Systems: Tackling challenges of Nutrition and Climate Change.”

Amb Christine Nkulikiyinka, CEO of Rwanda Cooperation Initiative said that African countries should work together to address challenges hindering food systems.

“Our contexts are similar; our cultures are similar. We are more likely to develop policies that are more sustainable and are easily implementable than going outside the continent. It also helps us to develop the sense of togetherness and Pan-Africanism,” she said.