ANGOLA IS FACING A DEVELOPMENT CRISIS
The recent economic crisis resulting from the 75% drop in oil prices since 2014 is having a catastrophic effect on the whole population. The Government of Angola has made successive cuts in annual budgets, including an expected 20% cut in 2016. Inflation is already up to 35% and increasing. Oil and gas and all supporting industries, previously the main economic force in the country, have reduced operations or stopped completely.
Although it used to be a net exporter of agricultural produce before the war, Angola now imports up to 80% of its food that until recently was paid for by oil dollars. This is because the civil war and the consequent deterioration of the rural economy decimated the country’s agricultural productivity. As oil revenues have reduced drastically, the impact is felt across the country.
Stark statistics show the depth of the challenges facing Angola. Almost one child in five does not survive to the age of five, 29.2% of children are stunted and 15.6% underweight. Only 28% of people have access to safe drinking water.
In this context, Angola needs to regain access to its fertile land, to increase domestic food production, to feed its own people and diversify its economy.
Credit: JB Russell/MAG
In February 2016, three of the leading humanitarian demining organisations in Angola made an appeal to the international donor community – in a letter to the Mine Action Support Group – to commit more funding to mine action in the country: Download it here