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Q&A: Is China Helping or Hindering Africa’s Efforts to Future-proof Food Security?

A woman carries a bowl of peppers harvested from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)-supported farms at Jere community, 11 km from Maiduguri, in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, on April 6, 2017. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

How to ensure food security on the African continent is a major question for African policy makers, businesses and the international community. A recent report by Mckinsey highlighted that 650–670 million people in Africa, roughly half the population, already face food insecurity with more than 250 million people considered to be severely food insecure.

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