Feeding Every African Mouth: Food and the Climate Problem

Under current climate forecasts, Africa will only be meeting 13% of its food needs by 2050, causing the continent to lose up to 16% of its GDP as a result of malnutrition alone. Higher temperatures could cause total farm yields to drop by 15-20 percent across all African regions. The Russian-Ukrainian war has further exposed Africa’s overdependence on food imports. From 2016 to 2018, Africa imported about 85% of its food from outside the continent, the cost of which is forecast to reach $110 billion by 2025. Yet, the continent has 60% of the world’s arable land.