International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

THE PEOPLE – FOOD PREDICAMENT IN AFRICA: THE QUEST FOR FOOD SECURITY
Akpomuvie, Orhioghene Benedict

Abstract
This paper is geared towards addressing the critical challenges of food insecurity and hunger which are widespread in Africa and the dire need to revert the trend by tackling the issues of essential fundamental components of food security availability, access and utilization which differ in urban and rural contexts. Besides examining the determinants of food security, the paper also analyzed the international and regional legal framework related to the right to food and the imperatives of good governance in the whole process of ensuring food security in Africa. The paper which relied overwhelmingly on secondary sources of data, revealed that the rate of increase in undernourishment in Africa vastly exceeds that of other developing regions, that food insecurity in Africa directly correlated with poverty and achieving food security is imperative; but how to do so is an elusive and complex problem. The paper therefore, recommended that the solution to food insecurity lies in increasing food availability, access and adequacy for all and a slowing of population growth rates through sustained policy formulation and implementation; occasioned by visionary leadership. In addition, it is pertinent not only to alleviate poverty but also create wealth for the target population and hinged on mutual honest intentions from multi-stakeholders to ensure that structures are put in place.

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