The Cost of Hunger in Africa: The Social and Economic Impact of Child Undernutrition on Ghana’s Long-Term Development (COHA)

Publication Date:
2 August 2016

The Cost of Hunger Study on the Social and Economic Impact of Child Undernutrition in Africa is the product of the combined efforts of the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the World Food Programme (WFP). It falls within the framework of the African Regional Nutrition Strategy (2005-2015), and is in line with the objectives of the African Task Force on Food and Nutrition Development and CAADP. This study is built on a model developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Food Programme, Latin America. Through a South-South cooperation agreement, ECLAC has supported the adaptation of the model to the African context. This study presents data and analysis to inform key decision makers and the general public about the costs African societies are already paying for not addressing the problem of child undernutrition. The findings provide compelling evidence to guide policy dialogue and increase advocacy on the importance of preventing child undernutrition. Ultimately, it is expected that the study will encourage revision of current budgetary allocation practices in each participating country to ensure better provision of the human and financial resources needed to combat child undernutrition effectively, specifically during the first 1,000 days of life when most of the damage occurs.


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