Armed conflict, and active political repression are to blame for more than 75% of all recent famines.
By 2030, 32% of Africans – forecast at 548 million – are likely to live in extreme poverty. Africa is quite unequal, so growth does not translate into poverty reduction.
Conflict in Africa is causing fewer fatalities than in the 1990s, but the number of violent incidents is increasing, and violence is becoming more complex.
A meeting of the Nile Basin states called by Ugandan President Museveni broke down, a reflection of growing Egyptian-Ethiopian tensions. Egypt meanwhile is boosting military cooperation with Eritrea.
It’s the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. One million have crossed into Uganda, and an additional “million or even more” are in Ethiopia, Kenya, DR Congo, and Central African Republic.