West Africa Zero Hunger Initiative to launch

A Zero Hunger Initiative for West Africa will launch this week, with the help of ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), and other partners.

Panapress reports that participants in a workshop taking place 24-26 February in Accra, Ghana, are discussing how to enable “country-focused and results-oriented” actions to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, by reinforcing and strengthening existing programmes. The West African region has made great progress in this area, with six countries – Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo – already having achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 2015.

But that’s just the first step toward achieving Zero Hunger. The region still counts approximately 34.5 million undernourished people, and as we know, it’s not just about getting food in their hands today, but about ensuring a lifetime of access to adequate, nutritious food for every woman, child and man. The initiative must add also value across the food system, so women are empowered, priority is given to family farming, and food systems everywhere are made sustainable and resilient. We look forward to seeing what comes out of the workshop.

Read the full Panapress article here.


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