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Hunger in Africa Continues to Rise, UN Report Reveals
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: February 23, 2019 08:55PM

The incidence of hunger continues to increase in Africa after several years
of decrease, threatening the various efforts to eradicate hunger to meet the
Malabo Goals 2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
specifically the Sustainable Development Goal 2. This was highlighted in the
report Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition released by
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

The report states that 237 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are
suffering from chronic malnutrition, overturning the improvements
accomplished in the previous years. "The worsening trend in Africa is due to
difficult global economic and worsening environmental conditions and, in
many countries, conflict and climate variability and extremes, sometimes
combined. Economic growth slowed in 2016 due to weak commodity prices, in
particular for oil and minerals. Food insecurity has worsened in countries
affected by conflict, often exacerbated by drought or floods. For example,
in Southern and Eastern Africa, many countries suffered from drought," FAO
Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Abebe
Haile-Gabriel, and ECA Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, said in their joint
foreword of the report.

The key figures of the report includes the following:

* number of hungry people in Africa: 257 million or 1 in every 5
* children under five affected by stunting (low height-for-age): 59
million (30.3 percent)
* children under five affected by wasting (low weight-for-height):
13.8 million (7.1 percent)
* children under five who are overweight (high weight-for-height): 9.7
million (5 percent)
* percentage of women of reproductive age affected by anaemia: 38
* percentage of infants aged below 6 months who were exclusively
breastfed: 43.5 percent
* percentage of adults who are obese: 11.8 percent


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