World Water Day: Feeding millions from the ground up – the promise of groundwater-fed irrigation in Africa South of the Sahara

March 22, 2018 IFPRI Blog Hua Xie Claudia Ringler

World Water Day: Feeding millions from the ground up – the promise of groundwater-fed irrigation in Africa South of the Sahara

The number of food-insecure people in Africa South of the Sahara remains unacceptably high and is set to increase as a result of climate change and weak agricultural and economic growth. According to the 2018 Global Food Policy Report, an additional 38 million people are projected to be at risk of hunger in 2050 as a result of climate change-induced slowdowns and disruptions in agriculture in the region—25 percent more than would be at risk in the absence of climate change.Photo credit: Jeffery M. Walcott/IWMI