Combatting Hunger

A threat to peace:

  • Africa remains the region with the highest level of undernourishment: 20 percent of Africans do not have enough food to feed themselves and their families.
  • Malnourishment stunts the growth of many young Africans.
  • By threatening food production, climate change could increase hunger and malnutrition by up to 20 percent by 2050.

What we did in 2017:

  • To help farmers build profitable businesses, the Foundation advocated for better policies and increased investment in African food systems and smallholder agriculture.
  • The Foundation encouraged financial and policy commitments on nutrition. To prevent stunted growth, we promoted the orange flesh sweet potato as an affordable source of Vitamin A.
  • In collaboration with the World Bank, the Foundation advocated for climate action. We pushed for more investment in climate-smart agriculture across Africa to help farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change.

What we are doing now:

  • The Foundation advocates at the highest political and corporate levels for fairer, more productive and nutritious food systems so that Africa can feed itself.
  • Together with the African Development Bank, we study the state of the food market in Africa to identify policy options and strategies that will boost intra-African food trade and market integration.
  • The Foundation will continue to advocate for greater action and ambition to tackle climate change and help the poorest in the world to adapt to its impacts.
  • We advocate for action combatting the effects of snakebite, which kills between four and six times more people than dengue fever, and disables many more, especially in the Global South.