Africa: Poverty No Bar to Fighting Deadly Undernutrition

Friday, April 12, 2013

Some of the world’s poorest countries, including two in sub-Saharan Africa, are showing the greatest political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition, while some of the most economically powerful nations are failing to make adequate effort, according to new research released on Thursday.

Malawi and Madagascar are among seven of the 45 countries surveyed around the world that showed “high commitment” to solving the problem, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) said in launching the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI).

Eight African countries were among 10 that showed “medium commitment”, followed by those that demonstrated “low” and “very low” commitment. The worst performers were Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea-Bissau. Nigeria and South Africa, despite their robust economies, showed “low” commitment.

Source: All Africa (link opens in a new window)

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