African engineers convene in Tunis for conference on Food Security

The executive council meeting of the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO) is convening in Tunis on the sidelines of the International Conference on Engineering and Food Security in Africa.

The conference is held under the auspices of the Tunisian Order of Engineers in collaboration with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) from June 24 to 26.

According to the Tunisian Order of Engineers, the purpose of this gathering is to draw the world’s attention to the fact that the international effort to save Africa from the spectre of hunger should not be limited to financial assistance, but should also extend to scientific and practical support for the economies of these countries and the transfer of successful experiences, with a view to saving future generations from new waves of hunger.

The African continent is facing a very difficult food and health situation: more than 20 million Africans have died as a result of repeated famines that have affected 18 African countries.

Besides, FAO reported in its 2017 report that 237 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are malnourished and the same source warned that famine in Africa is likely to occur in the range of 18-38% as a result of deteriorating food conditions.

FAO also noted that 40 million Africans were at risk of starvation due to new waves of famine. Political conflicts, misguided economic choices, civil wars, serious climate change, droughts, floods, desertification, hurricanes, locust infestations, epidemics, diseases and waste are major causes of famine in Africa.

Several experts from international organizations took part in this event, such as the African Federation of Engineering Organisations (AEFEO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the World Farmers Organisation (WFO), the International Federation of Scientific Councils (ICSU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).


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