Launch of the Cost of Hunger in Africa Study Report from the first phase countries at the High Level Panel Discussion on “Eliminating Child Stunting for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa”
28th March - Abuja, Nigeria
The first report of the Cost of Hunger in Africa study from Egypt, Ethiopia, Swaziland and Uganda jointly produced by the AUC, ECA and the WFP, was launched during the high level panel discussion on eliminating stunting.
The high level panel discussion “Towards Eliminating Child Stunting for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa” was held at the margins of the Seventh Joint ECA and AU Annual Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development on 28th March in Abuja, Nigeria.
The high level panel was attended by Dr. Carlos Lopes, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); Dr. Mustapha S. Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission; Mr. Manoj Juneja, Assistant Executive Director of the World Food Programme; Mr. Matia Kasaija, Minister of State Planning and Finance, Uganda; Mr. Michael Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)and Mrs. Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International.
This event served as a platform to disseminate widely the results of the study. It has also allowed stakeholders to build a common understanding on eliminating stunting in Africa, where greater coherence offers significant benefits. Areas where collective action can generate enabling environments conducive to nutrition security were identified.