Regional overview of food insecurity in Africa

  • 02/06/2015
  • FAO

According to the first edition of the Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa (2015), Angola, Djibouti, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Mali and Sao Tome & Principe met both the relevant Millennium Development Goal – that of halving the proportion of the population suffering from undernourishment – and the more stringent World Food Summit target of halving the absolute numbers of the hungry. West Africa in particular made notable strides, reducing its prevalence of undernourishment (PoU) by 60 percent, from 24.2 percent in 1990-1992 to 9.6 percent in the current 2014-16 assessment period. The report briefly presents the successful experiences of some African countries to improve food security and nutrition outcomes through programs, institutional and governance processes and efforts to institute and sustain transformative policies. The 2015 Africa report on food insecurity also shows some factors of positive change and progress towards the MDG hunger goal. These multi-faceted and interrelated factors include economic growth, smallholder agriculture productivity, market access, international trade, social protection programming and timely access to information.

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