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Learning to overcome malnutrition in Africa

Many African countries, including Senegal, Ghana and Ethiopia, have managed to reduce malnutrition in the last 15 years, according to a new report released by the Malabo Montpellier Panel on Tuesday at the 7th Forum for the Green Revolution in Africa. is taking place in Côte d'Ivoire.

This progress, prompted in part by policy actions and interventions, shows that the fight against malnutrition in Africa can be won, according to a press release from the Panel to the AIP.

The report of the panel of leading African and international food security experts analyzes the policy decisions and actions that have contributed to these successes and draws lessons for policy makers, donors and other stakeholders.

"There has been much progress, which is encouraging. However, significant challenges still need to be addressed. To achieve the goals set out in the African Union's Declaration of Malabo and Agenda 2063, governments must learn from their past successes and redouble their efforts to address the triple scourge of hunger, malnutrition and obesity on the continent ..., "said Panel Co-Chair Dr. Ousmane Badiane.

"Governments are able to fight malnutrition when they put it first in their agenda and in their interdepartmental implementation programs and in close collaboration with partners. Investment is needed to prevent crises and develop programs to build resilience to climate stress, "said Joachim von Braun, co-chair of the Panel.

Among other recommendations in the report drawn from the example of successful countries, a detailed nutrition policy is a top priority; the establishment of a coordination mechanism for a coherent nutrition program across government.

There is also investment in crisis prevention and emergency response capacities to address the threat of conflict and the reduction of malnutrition; strengthening national agricultural research to expand biofortification and other types of nutrient enrichment programs; empowerment of women's groups; the creation of synergies between agriculture, water, health and sanitation.

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