The effects of global climate change impact economies and livelihoods of societies worldwide. In many rural African communities, farmers and agricultural specialists have become increasingly worried about how rises in global temperatures and the consequent heavy rainfalls will decrease agricultural capacities, the value of land, and the supply of crops, on which many families depend. Some environmental conditions have forced farmers around Sub-Saharan Africa to abandon their farms. In response to the threat of climate change in the developing world—most of which is contributed to by the globe’s most developed countries—local leaders around Africa have begun to create agricultural projects to help solve these prominent concerns. Both Morocco and South Africa are two examples of nations that are working to tackle food insecurity as part of national initiatives. Through their efforts, lives are improving, economies are growing, and humanitarian aid is advancing cohesive and progressive reforms.

In Morocco, King Mohammad VI is promoting food security through enhancing agricultural cooperation. He is addressing unemployment and adapting to new environmental expectations by utilizing partnership agreements with state officials in both Ethiopia and Nigeria to create fertilizer production plants that employ local citizens and create agricultural alternatives. Most notably, King Mohammad VI is adopting the Adaptive African Agriculture or Triple A Initiatives—action plans that are designed to restore African ecosystems. With these efforts, King Mohammad VI is combatting climate change, improving food security, and creating sustainable paths for economic growth. Since the implementation of the initiatives, over thirty African countries have signed their support to adopt changes, bolstering cooperation and unity throughout Africa. These strides are a result of the exemplary leadership of King Mohammad VI, who is empowering nations to take action against hunger and improve transparency in national objectives.

In addition to the work of King Mohammad VI, progressive food security policies are spreading throughout the rural Limpopo province of South Africa. Limpopo is home to 10% of South Africa’s total population. Fortunately, food security is a top priority for governing officials in this region, and since the approval of the Integrated Food Security Strategy in 2002, Limpopo so effectively addressed hunger that nearly the entire population is sufficiently fed. The Limpopo province and rural regions around South Africa are using the Integrated Food Security Strategy to establish programs that focus on food access, production, and nutrition security. Local and national officials are working together to address public concern, which is improving nation building and increasing inclusive integration.

The processes taken by African countries such as Morocco and South Africa have reduced the number of underweight children and diminished hunger by 31% in Sub-Saharan Africa. The improvements made by both nations show how important it is for leaders to promote progress that resolves problems of public concern and finds long-term solutions to these threats. By addressing public interest at the forefront of national agendas, both leaders and communities benefit from growing economic viability. Agendas that focus on the roots of public concern, effectively confront anthropogenic factors, and derive feasible paths to identify prosperous solutions are those that succeed. While this is easier said than done, the critical role of leaders is to uphold accountability to the public by ensuring that national objectives are in alignment with political, social, and economic interests. The programs in Morocco and South Africa are the first steps to meeting these objectives. They also set impressive examples for other African nations and build a launching pad from which to expand. To fully eradicate hunger in Africa and create positive change in other challenging areas such as healthcare, education, and employment, more nations will need to display innovative and effective leadership.

Grieboski Global Strategies works with nations to help make this change possible. Through development and nation building, GGS strengthens connections with different sectors of economies, political systems, and civil societies around the world, allowing nations to grow stronger and providing greater opportunities for citizens and their futures. By tackling fundamental humanitarian problems, such as food insecurity, and addressing the societal consequences of improvements, GGS provides leaders and communities with a variety of techniques to help solve problems and create positive change. Rural Africa is making progress in food security but still has a long way to go. Through innovative programs and tactical partnerships with local governments, communities, and organizations such as GGS, the lives of African citizens will improve for generations to come.