Best Practices From African Nations Successful At Reducing Malnutrition Can Help Inform Policymaking On Continent

Devex: Opinion: 5 lessons for policymakers to reduce malnutrition
Ousmane Badiane, Africa director for the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Joachim von Braun, director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn

“…Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Angola, Cameroon, Togo, and Ethiopia have all reduced malnutrition levels significantly over the past 15 years, some by as much as 50 percent. Our new report, ‘Nourished: How Africa Can Build A Future Free From Hunger and Malnutrition,’ analyzes what lies behind their success. … Here are five key lessons that these countries’ success can teach all of us working on agriculture and food security. 1. Move from reacting to food emergencies to long-term planning … 2. Make it easier for people to access more nutritious food … 3. Adopt and prioritize a comprehensive, cross-department nutrition policy … 4. Promote broad partnerships to pursue shared goals … 5. Harness the power of technology … Overall, the lesson these countries teach us is that with concerted effort and a commitment to learning from each other and sharing best practice, reducing malnutrition and achieving the Malabo [Declaration] targets and other Sustainable Development Goals is possible…” (9/8).

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