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Namibia together with development partners will launch a study, the Cost of Hunger in Africa(COHA), to estimate the social and economic impact of child undernutrition and the implications on the country’s economy on September 12, in Windhoek.

The key objective will be to officially launch of the study in Namibia, as well as to provide a platform at the country level, an official from United Nations Namibia, Welda Mouton said Tuesday,

“The study will also develop recommendations in response to the results and to identify next steps in related advocacy efforts and affirm the national ownership of the study and the results it yields,” she added.

According to Mouton, the launch will be attended by representatives of the COHA National Implementation team, diplomatic corps, UN agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and agencies concerned with the elimination of child stunting, among others.

The COHA study is a project led by the African Union Commission in partnership with African governments, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the UN’s World Food Programme.

The launch of the study has so far taken place in 17 countries who have completed the study and 4 countries are in process, which includes Namibia and South Africa, with additional launches expected in Burundi and Guniea Conakry, an official from UN Namibia, Mouton added. Enditem

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