Integrating Nutrition into African Food and Agricultural Policies

Authored By:

Rose Daphnee N. Tchonkouang


February 24, 2023

Nutrition is a critical aspect of overall health and well-being, and it is essential that policy decisions in the food and agricultural sectors take this into account. In Africa, a continent where food insecurity and malnutrition are prevalent issues, it is particularly important that nutrition is integrated into food and agricultural policies to put an end to all forms of malnutrition. The 55 member states of the African Union (AU) pledge to eliminate hunger by 2025 in Africa under the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Similarly, the Sustainable Development Goal 2 of the United Nations calls for the eradication of all forms of hunger and malnutrition by the year 2030 (World Bank, 2020). The food security situation differs significantly between African subregions (FAO, ECA, and AUC, 2021).

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