More than 95% of the global populations food needs relies on maize, rice and wheat, with global food security dependent on fewer than 30 plant species. Indigenous African crops can battle a range of stresses like drought
Kenya’s current food price spike is just the latest in a longer, slower food price inflation that has been unfolding over the past few years, which has something to do with the broader structural problems of African cities
What makes food price spikes all the harder to bear is that there is rarely a corresponding increase in peoples wages. And when the drought is over, prices often stay stubbornly high
In many cities, fresh produce is often transported either by handcart or by motorcycle. Though on the surface they seem cheap, they are hugely inefficient from a technological perspective, and there’s a big cost to it
Some of the most arid countries in Africa, including Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, have the highest food availability per capita, measured in terms of daily calories available per person.