NEPAD launches a global hunger index report

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Ahead of the 29th African Union Summit, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has launched a global hunger index report.

The authority’s findings indicate that there is slow progress in the reduction of hunger on the continent.

Experts are warning that it is highly unlikely that the African Union’s target of eradicating hunger by 2025 will be realized. They site lack of implementation of already passed resolutions as a huge setback.

The hunger index is classified into five grades in severity scale, including low, moderate, serious, alarming, and extremely alarming.

Only three African countries on the continent, namely Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco have achieved a low level of hunger, while 28 countries fall under the “serious level of hunger”, and five countries under “alarming” categories, which include Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Zambia, Chad, and Central African Republic.

According to the report, African countries ought to take measures to prevent food loss, including integrating actions with national agriculture investment plans.

The report noted that the cost of reactive malnutrition measures is high, for example Malawi is spending up to 10 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), on addressing the effects of malnutrition.

The 29th ordinary session of the African Union will begin on Monday, and many Heads of States and Governments from the continent have confirmed they will be in attendance.

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