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UN OFFICIAL SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION IN AFRICA
New York, May 6 2010 1:05PM
The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today appealed for greater attention to be focused on the food security situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly one third of the population is hungry.
With nearly 270 million people malnourished out of a total population in the region of more than 800 million, “this situation clearly demands our urgent and undivided attention,” Jacques Diouf, <“http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/41994/icode/”>FAO Director-General, told government ministers at the agency’s regional conference in Luanda, Angola.
He attributed under-investment in agriculture as the core reason for hunger and malnutrition on the continent.
Only nine African countries have allocated at least 10 per cent of their budgets to agriculture, while official development assistance (ODA) from wealthier countries earmarked for farming in developing countries has dropped off from 19…
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