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n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - The deadly links between conflict and food security in Africa - : Africa-wide - monitoring economies

Volume 2013, Issue 04
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Abstract

The food and beverage market in Sub-Saharan Africa has potential to reach US$ 1 trillion in value within two decades, at a time when there is unprecedented private sector interest in African agri-business, according to a World Bank report released in March 2013. But even as multilateral financial institutions flag the continent's vast tracts of unused arable land for investment, 38 Sub-Saharan African countries were ranked in a 2012 Global Hunger Index as having serious, alarming or extremely alarming hunger problems.


"As political instability in North Africa during the Arab Spring highlights, high food prices create the underlying conditions for rioting, even if external factors like global commodity markets are to blame for high prices."
That conflict leads to food insecurity is evident in the millions of people displaced and hungry due to violent wars in African countries like Mali. But the link may apply in reverse too. As political instability in North Africa during the Arab Spring highlights, high food prices create the underlying conditions for rioting, even if external factors like global commodity markets are to blame for high prices. Should the rush of foreign agri-business to African farmland continue to displace smallholder farmers, the food insecurity of local populations will be heightened and could precipitate social unrest.

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