Reducing poverty, and improving national food and nutrition security remain major challenges in many West and Central Africa countries where an estimated 40% of children under five are affected by stunting, 12% suffer from acute malnutrition and 75% are affected by anemia. These figures are well above the WHO accepted thresholds.
Nutrition has been elevated to the highest level of state in Africa with Heads of States committing to ending child stunting and bringing down stunting to 10% and underweight to 5% by 2025. This engagement is contained in the Declaration on Nutrition Security for Inclusive Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa signed in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in June 2014.
This is all based on the assumption that food security without improved nutrition will not deliver the desired inclusive socio-economic outcomes; as the number of those affected by hunger and malnutrition has continued to increase over the past few years. As the leading sub regional research organization in Sub Sahara Africa, CORAF has also made this issue a central premise of its work in the next decade.
Results so far
In the past ten years, CORAF’s work through the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program helped increase major crops yields between 30% for dry cereals and 150% for rice, fruit, and tubers. By so doing, the WAAPP had a considerable impact on food security and caloric intake. Caloric consumption rose from 2,777 to 2,964 kcals and the “hunger period” reduced by 28 to 55% according to the commodity. WAAPP has also increased by 34% the economic situation of farmers as well as transformed communities. Read more >