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01 Jul 2004 description



The African continent is the only region in the world that has not been able to feed itself since the mid-1970s and is unlikely to do so in the future unless radical policy changes are made to current practice. Food shortages occurring in north, west, central and southern Africa have received relief from food aid, sourced by UN agencies, generally1 from the developed North. Yet, this alternative is not a suitable panacea for addressing the fundamental problem of food insecurity in future.