Rethinking agri-food systems in Africa
The French Development Agency (AFD) and the World Bank have just published a new book, “Agri-Food Systems in Africa. Rethinking the role of markets” (15 June). As the largest source of employment in Africa and the largest item of expenditure for African households, food is a key sector on the continent and a critical objective of sustainable development. To mark World Hunger Day, this book takes a new look at agrifood systems in Africa.
Often reduced to agricultural production issues, the food economy also encompasses agri-food processing, product supply and distribution, including logistics to reach consumers, particularly in urban areas. The food supply in African cities is undergoing a transformation under the triple effect of population growth, urbanization and changes in agricultural production and trade. From farm to plate, these changes and the risks they entail (undernutrition, malnutrition) are the subject of this collective work which analyses in depth the major shortcomings of these food distribution systems, based on the case of three cities: Rabat, Niamey and Abidjan.