Why 2021 must be the nutrition year of action in Africa

Tackling poor diets and malnutrition in all its forms

Africa is facing an increasingly complex range of interconnected challenges, impacting food and health systems and hindering progress made in fighting all forms of malnutrition.

COVID-19 and climate change continue to stress global food systems, disrupting food production and supply chains, tipping millions more people into hunger in Africa and globally. Health systems are also under pressure, with concerns that nutrition may be further de-prioritised on the health agenda, when it’s evident that nutrition is central to building resilience. Without urgent action, the number of people suffering from hunger and all forms of malnutrition will continue to rise in 2021, with the poorest and most vulnerable being disproportionately affected.

Despite these challenges, 2021 offers a unique opportunity for governments, businesses and civil society in Africa to scale up efforts to ensure access to healthy diets for all and tackle malnutrition in all its forms.

Poor diets and malnutrition continue to affect Africa’s potential

Improving the continent’s nutrition starts with taking stock of the latest data. The Global Nutrition Report’s Country Nutrition Profiles  show that Africa has made progress towards reducing undernutrition, notably under-5 stunting, and adolescent and adult underweight. Kenya  , for example, is one of seven countries globally that is on course to meet four of the maternal, infant and young child nutrition targets  set out by the World Health Assembly. Read more…

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