COHA at the Experts Meeting
26th March 2014
The results of the Cost of Hunger in Africa study from the first phase countries was presented at the Experts meeting on 26th March 2014, preceding the Ministerial Conference. The presentation made by the AUC and ECA highlighted the mandate to undertake the study that had been received in 2012 from the fifth joint Annual Meetings of the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and African Union Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance. The presentation concluded by highlighting the next steps – particularly the capacity building and monitoring and evaluation needs in each of the countries’ that had finalized the study, the ongoing processes for the second phase countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda) and third-phase countries (Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya and Mauritania). The implementation of ARISE 2025, Africa’s Renewed Imitative for Stunting Elimination, which was designed to foster political will to bring the levels of child stunting and underweight down, to 10 percent and 5 percent respectively, by the year 2025 was also highlighted at the meeting.
In the ensuing discussion, delegates from participating countries in the first phase study - Ethiopia, Swaziland and Uganda - shared their countries’ experiences, highlighting the renewed efforts that the study had generated in their respective countries.
In light of the discussions, the Experts Committee made the following recommendations:
(1) Further research should be conducted on the causes of under nutrition, in order to ensure a comprehensive approach to tackling the issue;
(2) The elimination of stunting should be prioritized as an indicator for inclusive development;
(3) The study in the remaining countries should be completed, with a view to expanding the pool of available evidence to inform policymaking.