Food Compverty And Malnutrition And Food Ceverty In Africa

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Despite an extensive history of food subsistence throughout the continent, Africa is regularly at the forefront of global discussion in regards to food security, shortages, malnutrition and food-related trade agreements. Almost the contemporary “poster child” of global food inequality, Africa is approached through a rather unique perspective: Instead of being seen as the systematic product of unfair integration into globalization – having its resources stripped, forced to sign lossmaking trade agreements, etc., -- Africa is approached as a continent that does not have (or ever has had) the capacity to maintain itself in regards to food regulation. Thus, through the global perspective, Africa is a continent in need of help, rather than one that …show more content…
On the one hand, indigenous peoples of Africa general disfavour aids towards food poverty as it often has lead to unfulfilled expectations which leave them off worse than before. On the other hand, the global community promotes food-aid programs as a result of media exaggeration and Western influence.
Overall, food shortages and poverty in Africa promote a variety of perspectives, all of which weigh the topic through different lenses of
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There are however, a number of exogenous factors that affect Africa’s levels of food security. And of course, there are considerable discrepancies between the reactions of food-aid organization and those of indigenous Africans. Most principally, such a controversial example is seen through the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) implementation of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAP), in which the the former utilizes neoliberal economic policies, justifying them as necessary to settle many African nation’s debts. Through the use of decentralization, the SAPs allowed various African foods to adjust to the free market (Ferguson, 2006). Subsequently, food prices skyrocketed as they were not constrained by government policies. Almost predictably, a significant portion of African populations (who lives below the absolute poverty line) could not afford the newly marked prices, thus leading to incredibly amount of food scarcity

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