Agriculture Report – Debating How to Fight Hunger in Africa

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Agriculture Report - Debating How to Fight Hunger in Africa

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United Nations Environment Program says 200 million Africans go to sleep . That number represents 23 percent of the population on the continent. new UN study shows that eight out of 10 countries facing worst food shortages are in Africa. Recently, African experts, farmers and gathered in Kenya for two days of discussion. They debated ways feed the growing human population in Africa and deal with rising on Earth's surface. The UN's Climate Change Coordinator for Africa, Richard , was one of the speakers. He noted a need to increase production to feed the population. But he said it is important find ways to feed people without destroying forests, rivers, and seas provide food. At the meetings, Emmanuel Dlamini served as a negotiator One Africa, a group that fights extreme poverty in Africa. In opinion, climate change is here to stay. He says African governments farmers have to look for ways to deal with the changes. African countries depend on rain to prepare their farmland and to growing crops. For the past few years, a lack of rainfall affected several countries, making their populations dependent on food aid. African say that a combination of unpredictable rain and rising temperatures creates environment for crop diseases that affects production. The conference also heard a representative of Nestle, one of the world's largest food companies. Africa's Hans Johr says farmers need assistance from food processing companies nongovernmental organizations. For VOA Learning English, I'm Alex Villarreal.

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