African public opinion on food security and the MDGs

February 2, 2011

     By Duncan Green     

here, but some highlights are:African MDG ranking Poverty and hunger topped people鈥檚 priorities (see table, right). Interestingly, new technology came bottom, but unfortunately (from my perspective, if not Andy Gray’s), second bottom was gender equality. African government priorityAsked without prompting what their governments should focus on, agriculture and jobs came top (bar chart, left) Two thirds of people felt their governments were not doing enough to help people get food, but the variation within Africa is striking, with Malawi鈥檚 government apparently earning approval for its fertilizer and seed subsidies African food insecurity(see Max Lawson鈥檚 recent post on this). (bar chart, right) In the previous 12 months, 60% of adults had experienced not being able to buy the food their family need. Think about that for a minute. They鈥檙e repeating the exercise this year 鈥 should be interesting to see how views have changed (if at all).]]>

February 2, 2011
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