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Africa Can End Hunger By 2025 With Effective Policies – FAO Official

By Chris Arsenault


A significant group of African states have met the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people compared with 1990, including: Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Malawi, Mauritania, South Africa and Togo.

Others, including Ghana, Cameroon and Mali have done even better, reducing the absolute number of hungry people by 50 percent or more.

These relative improvements, however, mask large challenges.

One in four people across sub-Saharan Africa are still undernourished, the highest proportion of any region on earth. according to the FAO’s 2014 report State of Food Insecurity in the World.

To meet their targets on reducing hunger, African leaders signed the Malabo Declaration last year, setting a series of goals including: targeting 10 percent of public spending on agriculture, doubling farm productivity, growing farm economies by at least 6 percent annually, and tripling inter-African trade in agricultural goods and services.

Read the full article: allAfrica

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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