Why is Africa Rich but Starving?
You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. - African Proverb
Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in fertile farming land. However, barely a fraction of fertile agricultural land is being farmed. There are three main causes of hunger in Africa, harmful economic systems, conflict, and an overexploited environment.
Why are people starving in Africa?
Harmful economic systems
Every year of violence in a country is associated with lagging poverty reduction of nearly one percentage point. People living in countries currently affected by violence are twice as likely to be undernourished and 50% more likely to be poor.
Their children are three times as likely to be out of school. Countries with serious human rights abuses or weak government effectiveness, rule of law, and control of corruption have an average 38% higher risk of civil war and significantly higher risk of extreme criminal violence.