Food security in Africa has remained a key concern among policy-makers as the challenge of food shortages has become a regular occurrence. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicated that 29 African countries are in need of external food assistance. The countries are well scattered across several regions in Sub-Saharan Africa and the countries are Cameroon, DRC, Libya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, South Sudan and Zimbabwe to name a few. Agricultural strategy is lacking in most of these countries. Internal intervention is required.
If one were to ask any of the policy-makers in these regions, they will immediately quote the drought and move on. Droughts did not begin in the last 10 years, they have always occurred, even in ancient times. So what is the best strategy to manage the food shortages in several regions in Africa? The answer lies in the people themselves. The local private sector and the population need a non-government based plan to produce and store key staples every year in order to manage the periodic changes in climate. Private equity players could be best positioned to support internal food storage facilities on sustainable commercial terms. This type of structure is imperative to food security as any country that relies on politicians for food will never prosper.