The fact that reductions in the United States' funding for foreign aid is sending panic through Africa reveals how much we have lost the plot. We have sunk into a level of acceptance of aid as our lot.
The reduction of the United States funding for foreign aid including humanitarian aid is a wakeup call for countries depending on foreign aid to meet the needs of its vulnerable population. This trend cannot continue.
In the last two decades, countries in Asia have moved up and on to build the capacity to reduce vulnerability to food insecurity in its countries. According to the World Economic Forum, the region has made meaningful gains in reducing chronic hunger and malnutrition over the past few decades, and continues to be a food basket, and one of the most productive agricultural economies in the world.
These countries have moved away from declaring humanitarian appeal each year,
But the story is different in Africa. Of the 28 global humanitarian appeals this year, at least 19 are from Africa. Many of the humanitarian cases are conflict driven.