Djibouti is among the seven African countries that have achieved Millenium Development Goal (MDG) and the targets of the World Food Summit regarding the fight against hunger and malnutrition, an official source has said.
The revelations were made in the first edition of the Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in Africa report, released Tuesday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The report noted that Djibouti, Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Mali and Sao Tome et Principe have achieved one of the MDG regarding halving the proportion of the population suffering from malnourishment.
According to the report which was released in Accra by FAO’s Regional Representative for Africa Bukar Tijani, the seven countries had equally halved the absolute number of people suffering from malnutrition.
Tijani said despite the progress, a considerable scope for improvement remained with respect to the World Food Summit target of reducing the number of hungry people by half.
The FAO official said the number of underweight children in Sub- Saharan Africa had declined over the last two decades, while stunting has stagnated and overweight was on the rise among children below five years.
Today, one out of four people suffers from malnourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa against one person out of three about 25 years ago, FAO noted in the report. Enditem