One of the initiatives of Qaddafi was to form a union in Africa wherein taking control over their own resources they could invest in projects that would help prepare for this change. He felt Africa was resource rich and part of its problems were rooted in the exploitation of those resources by foreign Corporations.
This was seen as a threat to profits by those Corporations. Any such leaders are usually eliminated.
Today great tracts of land are being bought up by foreign investors in Africa. The Europeans, Saudi's , Chinese and North Americans are all involved in some way or another be it directly or through their Corporate front. (There in essence no real difference). While Climate change certainly plays a very large role here as far as the future of Africa is concerned , we can not forget the role that GREED for profits plays.
One concern I have is how this report will be used . Various groups are pressing the UN to privatize water, just as example arguing that the "free market" would better allocate the same. Various UN agencies are used to advance neoliberalism in third world countries. While I see no reason to doubt the report itself and the information contained within , I sincerely hope it not used to force solutions on Africa that have the real goal of more profits for the Corporations.