Maps!

Understanding the politics of food in Africa can be easier when looking at maps. The below maps all come from a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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This map offers a useful illustration of the food insecurity throughout Africa. It is useful to compare the regions when looking at the politics of food.

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While percentages offer a good mode of comparison, it is also useful to identify specific numbers of populations. This is especially true when coming from the developmental standpoint, which we focused on when looking at aid. Through this data, policy makers are best able to tailor decisions to create an appropriate response.

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This graph shows that a large number of African states were in an emergency phase in 2016, which indicates that policy needs to be directed towards this issue. This graph also highlights that where there are areas of displaced peoples, we also see a high correlation of food insecurity.

Source:

FAO. “Global Report on Food Crises 2017.” FAO: Global Report on Food Crises 2017. 2017. Accessed December 13, 2018. http://www.fao.org/3/a-br323e.pdf.

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