July 21, 2022
By Abayomi Azikiwe
There has been a deteriorating situation within various African states related to the impact of drought and the consequent lack of food for hundreds of millions of people.
These events on the continent cannot be analyzed separately from the broader international economic and security crises which have impacted the ability of the existing global markets to provide adequate food to the peoples of the world.
The acute shortages of food in various regions across Africa have not yet reached the officially designated category of a famine. However, if food assistance is not provided soon, estimates from the World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) suggest that tens of millions of people will be on the verge of starvation.
WFP officials indicate that their efforts to address the current crisis, particularly in East Africa, would require an additional $192 million to provide the necessary food to prevent hunger. Considering what is being provided to the war in Ukraine by the West along with the massive tax breaks and subsidies to multinational corporations in the United States, $192 million pales in comparison….