A Roadblock to Food Security; How Halting Land Conversion Threatens Food Security in Africa — A Palm Oil Case Study

November 2011 – Green Papers: Issue IX

Foreword by President J. A. Kufuor
Former President of the Republic of Ghana

Food security is the ability of individual households within a given population to access, at all times, the minimum food that they require for a healthy and active life. As global population continues to grow and developing nations continue to raise their populations’ standard of living, the pressure on global food supplies has increased. This paper addresses the challenge of global food security, particularly in Africa and the role of sustainability standards in curtailing the expansion of oil palm plantations in Africa. Palm oil is widely used as a food staple and in cooking in developing countries, particularly those in Africa, where the plant originated, and Asia, where it was introduced in the 19th century. For example, in equatorial West Africa it has been estimated to account for between 10 and 20 per cent of all the calories consumed by the local population. In light of the upcoming Durban climate change talks, it is important to recognize that strategies to preserve forests have significant impacts on developing nations. Food security for Africa cannot be sacrificed.

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