At first, it was assumed to be a single region incidence when the invasion of swarms of locusts hit farms in eight East African countries in February 2020.
Little did we know until the devastating Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic struck the global system, accompanied by a long term rainfall cessation (drought) in some parts of Africa, leaving smallholder farmers in disarray.
Food became extremely scarce and expensive, even among the farmers, such that, making some sales became last on the priority.
Being optimistic, farmers pen down their major production plans for late rain, and just as expected, the rain arrived!
But shortly after the arrival of the rain, African farms became floated by flood, damaging billion dollars worth investment and leaving over 2.5 million homeless.
These have raised a number of thought provoking questions like, How can we manage water scarcity and flooding on our farmlands? Were we able to achieve the vision 2020 food goal? What is likely going to happen next to the African food system amid flooding? Who is going to feed this huge population? Can we achieve Zero Hunger in Africa in 2030? and lots more.
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