Thanks to the progress of the past couple of decades, African countries have started to reverse trends in poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
The ambitions contained in the Malabo Declaration, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and global development goals are recognition of the size and complexity of the challenge that still lies ahead. Sustaining the progress to realize the goals of ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030, and the many other targets anchored within the Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals, will require continued improvement in the quality of policy and program design and implementation.
The Panel’s new report—Nourished: How Africa Can Build a Future Free from Hunger and Malnutrition—takes a systematic country study approach to identify where progress has been achieved. It analyzes which policy decisions were taken to substantially reduce malnutrition levels and to promote healthier and more diverse diets, and draws lessons for other countries to replicate such successes. A set of policies and practices are identified that, if scaled up, could have significant impact on nutrition, child survival, and development in Africa. The experience of the seven countries covered in the report shows what can and needs to be done to substantially improve a country’s nutritional status. The report provides a roadmap for African governments to take concerted action to deliver on the nutrition targets set out by the Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals.