Famine and drought are among the two key precursors to the devastating hunger crises that has ravaged many communities across Africa, signifying the scale and severity of food insecurity in the continent. Inarguably the Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated food security in the continent pertinently triggered by the economic fallout that has left no country unscathed. According to a recently released multi-agency report, ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’, around a tenth of the global population an estimated 811million people were undernourished in 2020. Also Read: FAO says Kenya requires US$87mn to ensure food security The report, jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO); revealed that the sharpest rise in hunger was in Africa, where the estimated prevalence of undernourishment standing at 21% of the population which is a notch higher than that of any other region, with more than a third which translates to 282 million people in the continent, suffering from malnutrition. Furthermore, the report estimates that Goal 2 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims to end world hunger by
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