The United Nations Development Programme's Africa Human Development Report 2012 released today said the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the potential to become sub-Saharan Africa's breadbasket, yet it has the highest estimated prevalence of malnutrition in the world. Nearly 70 percent of the country's 68 million people are classified as under-nourished by the United Nation, and 38 percent of children have stunted growth due to malnutrition.
Despite good rainfall and rich agricultural potential, only two percent of the arable land and pasturelands in the DRC is under cultivation. The agriculture sector employs nearly 40 percent of the country's economically active population, but contributes only six percent to its gross domestic product and about two percent to exports.
This is the sad news about Congo. I would be happy if Congo could just feed its people. Forget feeding sub-Saharan Africa, just feed your own people!