The food crisis in Africa

The food crisis in Africa

The world is in the grip of a global food crisis, with the cost of staple foods going up and up. All this week, The World Today is taking a special look at the situation in Africa.

Tanzanian farmer, Lucas

Farmers in Tanzania find it hard to make enough money

The continent has net imports of around $24bn worth of food every year that means millions of already hungry people are getting hungrier.

To try to fix this situation, some world leaders are calling for a Green Revolution in Africa; a massive shift in the way the country produces food.

Smallholder farmers are the backbone of the continent's agriculture, so any Green Revolution is going to have to involve them.

On Monday, the World Today's Madeleine Morris went to the north of Tanzania, to the rice growing area around Mount Kilimanjaro, to speak one of these small farmers, Lucas Chacha.

Listen Listen to Lucas Chacha (2 mins 27 secs)

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs co-founded the Millennium villages project

On Tuesday, Madeleine spent the morning in Dar Es Salaam to investigate what comes in and out of the port.

Listen Listen to Madeleine Morris (9 mins 16 secs)

On Thursday, Madeleine travelled to the village of Embola, in western Tanzania, with Lucas Chacha.

Listen Listen to her report from Embola (4 mins 14 secs)

The driving force for developments in Embola is professor Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of The Earth Institute, Professor of Sustainable Development and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General.

Farmer Lucas Chacha asked him some questions.

Listen Listen to Lucas interview Jeffrey Sachs (2 mins 40 secs)

First broadcast 5~8 May 2008

For more on calls for an African Green Revolution click here

For more on the Millennium villages click here