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Monday, 24 October 2005


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Fritzane Kiki HK

Is Civil war the cause of famine in Sub-Saharan Africa?

I think the answer is YES.As of the present statistic all the countries in Sub-saharan Africa have undergone food shortages because of civil strife and political instabiltiy; the consequences are far more crucial than expected.Today,almost 24 African countries face famine and hunger but the world media has not yet given a favorable stand to this plight in their reports;however,we all know that the problems remain those ranging from civil strife and war to adverse weather and economic crisis.Though report says some 30.5 million people will need food assistance in Africa but the numbers might be on the rise as civil continue to rock the hunger striken masses.Most regions in sub-Saharan Africa continue to need some food assistance, but the situation is worst in southern Africa, where about 12 million people need immediate emergency food following a poor cereal harvest earlier this year,and more civil wars, civil strifes, civil disobedience and poor governance in most of these countries.

Southern African countries like Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe will all need emergency food assistance as early as June following a poor cereal harvest earlier this year which will cast no doubt that the world need more helping hand to these African countries still in civil wars and chaos.In Malawi, it is estimated that the number of people facing food shortages is about 4.6 million, about 40 percent of the population, due mainly to rising maize prices and mismanagement.Even in Zimbabwe, the number of people facing food shortages could possiblly reach 3 million and the prospects for 2007 are seriously threatened by the short supply and high costs of farm inputs such as seeds, fuel and fertilizer.South Africa has fared much better with a good maize harvest, and the resulting closing stocks of 5.1 million tonnes, as of 30 June 2006, are more than enough to cover the subregion's maize import requirements.

While in the Eastern part of Africa the 2006 main season harvest of cereal crops is ending in southern parts of eastern Africa, while in northern areas crops are at varying stages of development. Despite beneficial rains and favourable crop prospects in some parts, the report warns "the food situation remains precarious for a large number of people with high malnutrition rates reported in several countries."

The food situation in Sudan is particularly alarming due to prolonged conflict, especially in Darfur and in southern Sudan. According to the report, access to food is worsening for returnees and poor households in parts of southern Sudan and the continued crisis in Greater Darfur remains the most pressing humanitarian problem.

Similarly, in Somalia, recent assessments indicate that the poor 2005 main season harvest in southern Somalia, forecast at 44 percent below average, coupled with an upsurge in civil strife have exacerbated the food situation. Overall, nearly one million people need humanitarian assistance.

Eritrea and Ethiopia are expected to have generally favourable main cropping seasons for 2005. However, a large number of people still depend on food assistance due to the lingering effects of earlier drought and/or war, according to the report.

The case in Western Africa is a bit favorable where the regions crop prospects are said to be "generally good" in the Sahel. But, the Sahel and northern parts of several coastal countries continue to face a difficult lean season, due mainly to unusually high food prices.Some crops in Niger are developing satisfactorily thanks to generally widespread rainfall and adequate soil moisture and overall harvest prospects are favourable.

In another development, in the Central Africa civil strife and insecurity still undermine food security in several countries, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the report says food insecurity affects over 70 percent of the population of 57 million.

Food aid is highly needed if not things will go for the worst since the civil wars continue to hamper a smooth agricultural atmosphere.Even though cereal import requirements in sub-Saharan Africa in 2006/07 are expected to remain a bit high. The total food aid requirement in 2006/07 is estimated at about 3.2 million tonnes. Cereal food aid pledges for 2006/07, including those carried over from 2005/06, amount to 2.8 million tonnes, of which 2 million tonnes have been delivered.

Take note that until date most of the sub Saharan African countries are under famine level and as of now up to 24 countries are still facing food emergencies and are in urgent need for support.They are Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.Where are we heading to?We need a change of gorvernance and peaceful co-existance to survive this demise.

Fritzane Kiki
Hong Kong

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