Africa’s battle against malnutrition can be won. These 4 principles will help.
The battle against malnutrition in Africa can be won. We know this because several African countries have already reduced malnutrition by 40-60% in the last 15 years. Senegal, Ghana and Rwanda have cut the number of undernourished people and wasted and stunted children by more than half.
However, there remains a lot of work to do. In sub-Saharan Africa, 224 million people are still malnourished. That’s a quarter of the global total. In order to meet the commitments of the 2014 Malabo Declaration to halve poverty and end hunger by 2030, African countries will have to build on past progress and work harder to reach those being left behind.
We already have some useful insights about what works in this fight thanks to the achievements of different countries and regions. With the need to replicate and scale up these successes in mind, and as we co-host the inaugural meeting of the Malabo Montpellier Forum this week, here are four things we think African governments need to do to pave the way to a well-nourished future for the whole continent.
By Abdoulaye Bio Tchané & Saulos Klaus Chilima