Africa Can Help Feed Africa

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”. In September 2012, the World Bank, through the work of the economist Paul Brenton, issued a report entitled “Africa Can Help Feed Africa”. Africa is highly affected by hunger and supply crisis and the population keeps increasing, while farmers have a hard time meeting the demand. Thus there is a pressing urgency to develop food security in the continent. The report claims that Africa can feed itself, if there is internal cooperation between countries. It encourages the exchange of food surpluses, since self-sufficiency can only lead to food catastrophes. Thus, barriers in regional trade should disappear, allowing consumers to have access to cheaper food, and Africa should develop a common policy to import products related to agriculture, since these come at very high prices, and usually, outdated. For all this to be possible, according to this liberal view by the World Bank, governments must want to cooperate and a reform must be implemented.


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