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The Nutrition Challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Jessica Fanzo

    (Bioversity International, Via dei Tre Denari)

Abstract

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the most nutritionally insecure people in the world. Poor infrastructure and limited resources compounded with conflict, HIV, and poor access to health services are factors that contribute to the staggering levels of malnutrition and food insecurity on the continent. Despite these enormous challenges, some countries in Africa are making progress towards food and nutrition security and there has never been a better time to work towards improved human development that has nutrition as a goal.

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  • Jessica Fanzo, 2012. "The Nutrition Challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2012-012, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rac:wpaper:2012-012
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    Keywords

    Nutrition security; stunting; micronutrient deficiencies; 1000 days;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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