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29 May 2014

Solving food insecurity

Dr Koos Coetzee

A nation can only be fed by supporting commercial agriculture and growing the economy.

One in four people in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) does not have enough food. According to a 2013 Human Sciences Research Council report, 26% of SA households experience hunger. ‘Food security’ became a buzzword in 2008 when countries realised that, while they might be able to afford food imports, the food might not be available on the open market.

Ensuring food security
At the time, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) identified more than 30 measures instituted by countries to ensure that their own food security was not compromised by excess exports. According to the FAO, food security depends on food availability and the stability of production over time, as well as on ensuring physical access to food.

Dr Koos Coetzee