One of the topics discussed at the G8 summit in Chicago this year, was the issue of Food Security in Africa. It was suggested that there is a need to define appropriate food safety legislation which would help end hunger for tens of millions of people through agriculture by the end of the year.
Food Security has been defined as: “when people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life” Is this really happening in African countries?
Unfortunately we cannot have a positive answer to this question as we can see more and more people in African countries like: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, and Kenya suffering from starvation, mal nutrition, climate change (which affects small farmers most of whom are women) babies with distended bellies, people dying because of famine, health problems as well as places that seem to be condemned to perpetual poverty and hunger.
This New Alliance cannot forget the importance of complementary initiatives such as social safety nets which help to improve agricultural production and nutritional impact through food, cash for public works programs, the provision of necessary technology to help agriculture in insecure areas, besides direct nutrition interventions, and stronger health systems, all of which ensure that the most vulnerable, do not slide further into poverty.
In conclusion, I believe that this aligment could benefit poor African countries and help them to start their way to become developed. However, I consider myself a skeptic about this G8 pledge as we have heard promeses of a private investment in agriculture development, a scale up innovation towards achieving sustainable food security and poverty reduction since the first G8 summit in 1975.