African growth will slow for lack of food and water

NAIROBI, Kenya – At the 18th Annual World Economic Forum on Africa, leaders, policy makers, and analysts all expressed concern over the impending consequences of the food and water shortages hitting sub-Saharan Africa. The panel urged policy makers to re-emphasize food and water as crucial economic elements – without them, maintaining the 5 percent growth Africa has experienced so far this millennium will be impossible.

Gareth Shepherd, co-author of the report and member of the Forum’s Global Risk Programme, told, “as food is a major proportion of poor people’s consumption basket, higher food prices may threaten political stability in Africa, leading to a regressive economic crisis, and placing Africa’s growth at risk. Likewise, acute water shortages might exacerbate intercommunity and interstate tensions and blight prospects for development.”

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  1. Kristyne says:

    im a sophomore in high school and i really want to get a program started here at my school. Lately i’ve taken an interest to the food and water crisis in Afica. I don’t know where to begin, but i really want to get something set up so that each summer a group of students and teachers travel to a select location in Africa and help build homes and install solar powered water pumps. However i dont know where to start.

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