Africa: “Poverty and climate, the same fight”

It’s not just Europe that needs to change gears because of the energy crisis exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Rising global oil and gas prices are also hurting communities and businesses across Africa. Energy poverty, which is already at high levels on the continent – almost 600 million people do not have access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa – will worsen further. This will have repercussions in the daily lives of Africans, leading to health problems, lack of education and degradation of livelihoods.

On top of all this, Africa is being hit hard by a global food crisis caused by the conjunction of four successive years of drought in the region and war in Ukraine, which is starving millions of people. The resulting instability is pushing many African countries to the brink. Everything indicates that these two problems will persist in 2023 and beyond.

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