Tackling the Hunger Crisis in Africa

In the wake of mounting reports of worsening hunger crises, especially in East Africa and the Sahel, the S&D Group has put the issue high on the agenda of the first meeting EP Development Committee (DEVE) after the summer break. Together with representatives of the Directorates-General (DGs) for International Partnerships and for Humanitarian Aid, for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations as well as the NGO CARE International and the European External Action Service, the Committee today addressed this urgent issue.

Udo Bullmann, S&D-Coordinator in the DEVE committee:

“Tackling the global hunger crisis demands Europe’s full attention and political force. Team Europe, with all its competent and willing forces, needs to make the struggle against hunger a priority in its work. The tops of the European institutions – Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission, Charles Michel as President of the European Council and Roberta Metsola as President of the European Parliament – should invite UN Secretary General António Guterres to Brussels as soon as possible. This would allow for urgent strategic debates and highlights the pressing necessity for immediate and coordinated action. Only if the international community works together and sends a strong signal, we stand a chance in ending the hunger crisis.

The situations is disastrous: More than 90 million people in the Sahel Zone and East Africa are struggling to survive – they are facing what António Guterres called the “hurricane of hunger.

We know that global humanitarian needs have grown to unprecedented USD 46.3 billion to be able to assist 204 million of the 306 million people in need around the world. To date, the donor community has funded only 20% of needs.

Urgent, short-term food deliveries as well as the investment of fresh money must be realised now, in order to bridge the worst shortcomings. The transformation to a more sustainable, self-sufficient agri-food system in Africa is imperative in order to avoid the accumulation of future hunger crisis.”