The food crisis in West and Central Africa reaches
a sad record high in a decade this year.
If effective interventions are not undertaken quickly, in West Africa, Cameroon and CAR, more than 48 million people will be acutely food insecure during the next lean season 2023 (June-August).
The worsening situation can be attributed to the compounding impacts of continued or heightened conflict/insecurity and related displacement, economic shocks, residual effects of covid-19, high food and non-food items prices and weather extremes in Sahelian countries.
Additionally, coastal countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana have seen a continuous deterioration of their food security situation recently largely due to the impact of economic shocks, which have contributed to steep food price hikes, inflation, currency depreciation and reduced incomes.
As Governments, Private Sector, Multilateral Organizations, NGOs and scientists will gather for the Dakar 2 Summit to discuss how to meet the escalating challenge of food security in Africa, the members of the food and nutrition security working group (FSNWG) call for quick action to answer urgent needs of these 48 million people suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, boost the agriculture production and support livelihoods, while deploying preventive responses and ensuring that sustainable political solutions are put in place.