For the third time in just ten years, Niger is facing a food crisis. In fact, the entire Sahel region is in danger. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that nearly 15 million people face hunger and starvation across the Sahel this year alone. The organization is now asking for an additional $450 million to help those in need.
As another crisis in Africa flashes across the evening news, is the world getting tired of hearing the same sad story over and over? While some are simply turning a blind eye to the suffering, others are arguing for improved agricultural policies that foster innovation and development. Some blame the crisis on the unfortunate combination of climate change, failed crops and no rain. But before any real solutions are explored, it's important to first focus on the foundation of long-term growth and prosperity: education.