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New report from Malabo Montpellier Panel’s on policies and practices to reduce malnutrition levels and promote healthier and more diverse diets in Africa

The Malabo Montpellier 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 to substantially improve a country’s nutritional status.

The report analyses 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 impacts on nutrition, child survival, and development in Africa.

The report aims to provide 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.

It is available for download here.

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The 54 countries in Africa – from the dry northern African nations, through those in deserts and rainforests, all the way to the temperate parts of South Africa – are hugely varied in their ethnic, cultural, climatic, geographic, and economic aspects. The continent’s population of over a billion inhabitants, with a median age of 19.7 years, is the youngest in the world. Due to both its localised epidemics of hunger and its huge untapped agricultural potential, Sub-Saharan Africa specifically is a key focus area for many NGOs and development agencies interested in food production and security.

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