According to the World Food Programme of the UN, 43 million Africans are dependent upon food aid, 35 million of whom are on the verge of famine. There are 23 African countries that are affected by food shortages in one way or another. The volatile climate explains part of this crisis, but factors such as poverty, aids, political instability and foreign debt are often the decisive factors.
Caritas International Belgium has emergency aid and reconstruction programmes throughout the African continent. These are the organisation’s own programmes or joint international programmes by the Caritas network. Caritas International also has some development projects in Africa that are aimed at combatting food insecurity.