Inadequate investment in Africa’s agriculture sector is fueling widespread malnutrition and hunger in the region, Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf said. Diouf specifically highlighted the situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where approximately 270 million people are malnourished.
“This situation clearly demands our urgent and undivided attention,” Diouf told participants of a FAO regional conference in Angola.
The director general explained that the recent economic crisis has placed food security and agriculture at the center of regional and national development policies. This, Diouf said, provides more opportunities to support small farmers and promote family farming.