Africa takes the lead in fighting hunger and poverty

2015-05-13 14:44

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Africa, widely believed to rely on aid and donations from the developed world, is leading the fight against hunger and poverty on the continent. 

This emerged at a high-level meeting co-hosted by The Hunger Project and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg yesterday. 

The meeting sought to discuss progress made in ending world hunger and poverty. Leaders of multinational organisations, regional bodies, government, corporates, donor agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society and academia reviewed the current framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also identified specific gaps where new initiatives can be taken in an effort to end hunger. 

Dr Idrissa Dicko, The Hunger Project’s vice president for Africa programs, praised Africa for taking the lead in developing continent-wide strategies for ending hunger and poverty within the framework of the SDGs. 

“The African Union has already set an ambitious target to end hunger by 2025, adopted an Implementation Strategy and Roadmap for 2025, and created a Common Africa Position on the Post-2015 Agenda,” said Dicko. 

The Hunger Project implements a gender-focused, community-led holistic development approach called the Epicenter Strategy in eight countries in Africa, reaching nearly two million people. 

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