Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Africa, Food, and Agriculture

  • Trish GlazebrookEmail author
  • Anthony Kola-Olusanya
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_486-2

Synonyms

Climate change; Crisis; Farming; Food security; Gender; Hunger; Intergenerational justice; Justice; Poverty; Subsistence; Women

Globally speaking, 216 million fewer people today than in 1990 are suffering from hunger (FAO 2015, 8). At the 1996 World Food Summit in Rome, world leaders pledged to reduce the number of hungry people in developing countries from a billion in 1990 to 515 million by 2015. Though this target was missed by 260 million, the population increase of 1.9 million meant that almost two billion people had been freed from hunger (FAO 2015, 9). The global South continues by far to carry most of this hunger burden. Of the world’s 795 million hungry today, 780 million (over 98%) are in the global South (FAO 2015, 8–9). 220 million (27%) are in sub-Saharan Africa (FAO 2015, 10), where a massive crisis in food security is well underway.

Research into African agricultural and food ethics focuses largely on commercial agriculture, concerning mainly genetically...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Politics, Philosophy and Public AffairsWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Resource Studies, College of Management and Social SciencesOsun State UniversityOkukuNigeria