African Human Development Report 2012 | 6mins
Director: UNDP | Producer: UNDP
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic resurgence unless it eliminates the hunger that affects nearly a quarter of its people, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) argues in the newly released Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future. "Impressive GDP growth rates in Africa have not translated into the elimination of hunger and malnutrition. Inclusive growth and people-centered approaches to food security are needed," said UNDP administrator Helen Clark at the launch today, attended by Kenya's president, Mwai Kibaki.
Arguing that action focused on agriculture alone will not end food insecurity, the report calls for new approaches covering multiple sectors, from rural infrastructure to health services, from new forms of social protection to empowering local communities. Ensuring that the poor and vulnerable have greater voice through strengthened local government and civil society groups is also needed to ensure food security for all.
The quickening pace of change and new economic vitality on the continent make this an opportune time for action, the report says.
"It is a harsh paradox that in a world of food surpluses, hunger and malnutrition remain pervasive on a continent with ample agricultural endowments," says Tegegnework Gettu, director of UNDP's Africa Bureau.