Africa is facing unprecedented food insecurity, with more than 134 million people in 29 out of 54 countries facing acute shortages, according to the US Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that about 257 million Africans are undernourished, making Africa the region with the highest prevalence of hunger globally. The statistics relating to access to clean water are also shameful; the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that nearly 40% of the African population lacks basic access to safe drinking water, leading to waterborne diseases and preventable deaths.

This issue of Africa in Fact addresses food and water security in Africa, which is not only a moral imperative but also an urgent priority for policymakers.

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