Experts and politicians from Europe and Africa discuss the issue of food security in Africa’s rapidly growing cities.
Experts and politicians from Europe and Africa discuss the issue of food security in Africa’s rapidly growing cities.
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By 2050, four-fifths of the population of the African continent will live in cities. At the invitation of BMZ, GIZ and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, experts and politicians met in Berlin to discuss how the rural areas of Africa need to change in order to secure food for the urban population.

The rural areas of the African continent will have to transform themselves as quickly as possible into modern agricultural centres to ensure food security for the rapidly growing urban population as far ahead as 2050. Innovations and new technologies are urgently needed so that agriculture can regain its appeal, particularly for the next generation. The panellists in an expert discussion round jointly organised by BMZ/GIZ and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) agreed on these needs as part of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), which took place in Berlin, Germany in mid-January.

BMZ State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn pointed to the rapidly growing cities in Africa, observing that in 30 years these are expected to house four-fifths of the population. Demand for food will double. Silberhorn noted that another key problem is the high rate of urban migration among young people, who are turning their back on rural areas that offer them no prospects.

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