Fighting Hunger and Obesity in Africa

Focused for decades on ending hunger, African countries have largely failed to address a rising obesity epidemic that could soon become the greater public health crisis, experts say. A quarter of the world's 41 million overweight children under five live in Africa, a figure that has nearly doubled on the continent in the last two decades, according to the Global Nutrition Report published on Saturday.

A child has a meal at a food distribution centre in the Rwanda camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), near Tawila, North Darfur. More than 8,000 women and children living in the camp benefit from nutrition programmes run by the World Food Programme (WFP).

Vulnerable mothers are provided Plumpy’Nut and other food items at the Gor Machar health clinic to help feed their children suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.

Improving nutrition in Tanzania.

Aliko Dangote

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