The Roots of Food Insecurity in Western Africa

IPS, 13 July 2007.

A recent report assessing the food security of people living in Sahel, notes that rural people in West Africa are vulnerable to severe  food shortages as a result of the marginalisation of poor farmers, and women's lack of access to education and property.

Speaking at the launch, Camilla Toulmin, the International Institute for Environment and Development Director argues that, "History will repeat itself unless governments in the Sahel and donor agencies adopt an entirely new strategy for the region.”

Responding to the report findings, Richard Worthington of Earthlife Africa maintains that, "The consequences for people living in sub-Saharan Africa will depend on the response of the international community," he said in an interview with IPS.

To read the article titled, “Development-West Africa: History Just Waiting to Repeat Itself,” click here.

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