Cost of Hunger In Africa, Mali Study Official Kick-Off

 

Cost of Hunger in Africa, Lesotho study launch

Official Launch of the Cost of Hunger in Africa, Chad Study, N'djamena, Chad, 12 October, 2016

A groundbreaking study of the impact of hunger on Chad’s economy has been produced. It is part of a series of country studies known as the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) that examine the effects of child undernutrition on health, education and national productivity.

According to the study launched in N’djamena, Chad lost an estimated 575.8 billion CFA (US$1.2 Billion) or 9.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2012 as a result of child under nutrition through increased healthcare costs, additional burdens to the education system and lower productivity.

Statement by the African Union Commission

Statement by the World Food Programme

The official kick-off of the cost of hunger study in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - 14 september , 2016

Democratic Republic of Congo is the thirteenth country to officially kick-off the COHA Study . The official launch of the cost of hunger study in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was officially launch by the Minister of Planning on behalf of the Prime Minister. The minister of Planning stated that the higher and constant rate of stunting (43%) is one of the driving concerns which has pushed the government with the support of WFP and the African Union Commission to conduct the study and build evidence that will enable them to deal effectively with the situation by increasing budgets and investments in nutrition sector. The meeting was attended by various Ministers, Africa Union Commission (AUC) representative, WFP ADD and DRC CO, UN representatives, International organizations, Diplomatic corps and civil societies. The study which aimed to analyze the social and economic impact of Child undernutrition will be carried out by a national implementation team (NIT) from various government ministries. Prior to the launch of the study, WFP ADD and DRC CO organized a two and half days training session for the NIT on data collection and processing. 

Statement by the Minister of Planning

Statement by the African Union Commission

Statement by World Food Programme (WFP)

Statement by WFP

Cost of Hunger in Africa NIT Training Workshop: Mutare, Zimbabwe-30 August-1 September, 2016

In order to support the implementation of COHA in Zimbabwe, a training workshop to National Implementation Team on data collection and analysis of the results was held in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Mission Report

Kickoff and Validation of the Cost of Hunger in Africa: Lesotho Study-29 August-1 September, 2016

Cost of Hunger in Ghana Report Launch- 2 August, 2016

The economy of Ghana has been losing some $2.6 billion annually – or 6.4 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) – due to child undernutrition.

Full Report

Cost Of Hunger In Africa (COHA) - Continental Capacity Development Workshop, Maputo, Mozambique - 6 - 10 June 2016

Following the Malabo Declaration in June 2014, on Nutrition Security for Inclusive Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa (Assembly/AU/ /Decl.4(XXIII), where the Heads of State and Government called upon member states to scale up implementation of the study, additional countries have now come forward expressing interest to take part in the study. These include Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique, Mali, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe. 

Full Report

Cost of Hunger in Mauritania, Launch of Preliminary Results 21 June, 2016

Minister of Economy and Finance, highlighted the priority given by the Mauritanian Government to eliminate hunger and the results from the cost of hunger study will help the government to shape its strategic plan for the next 15 years. There is an opportunity to integrate some of the recommendations of the study in the new country strategy (SCAPP 2016 - 2030) which is under review. The objective of the workshop was to review the preliminary and validate the results and to propose draft recommendations going forward by the National Implementation Team.

Summary Report, Preliminary Results

KICK-OFF OF COST OF HUNGER STUDY MADAGASCAR-27 July 2015

Madagascar kicked-off the Cost of Hunger in Africa study with a weeklong training which started during week of 27th July. Madagascar is now the 10th African countries to participate in this continental study, led by the Africa Union Commission with the Support of ECA and WFP.

Mission Report (FR)

Methodology (FR)

 

LAUNCH OF THE COST OF HUNGER IN AFRICA STUDY REPORT FROM THE SECOND PHASE COUNTRIES IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA-13TH july 2015

The African Union Commission in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), WFP and UNICEF organised a side event on Harnessing Innovative Financing for Nutrition in Africa on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development on Monday 13th July 2015.

The occasion was also used to commission the report of the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study from the second phase countries – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda - as well as to launch the revised African Regional Nutrition Strategy (ARNS) for the period 2016 – 2025 by King Letsie III, AU Nutrition Champion.

 The results of the COHA study, a continental initiative led by the African Union Commission with the support of ECA and WFP, proclaimed that African countries are losing the equivalent of 1.9% to 16.5% of their Gross Domestic Products annually, as a result of child undernutrition. Conversely, the study also highlighted the potential economic savings to be made should governments take decisive actions to accelerate the reduction of undernutrition. According to the reports of the study (from phase one and phase two countries), a total economic savings of between US$ 1.5 billion to US$ 12.5 billion can be made by 2025, if governments commit to achieve the Malabo declaration on nutrition which calls for the reduction of stunting and underweight prevalence to 10 and 5 percent respectively.  

COST OF HUNGER IN MALAWI STUDY LAUNCH

Malawi undertook to conduct the Cost of Hunger in Africa study presenting an opportunity to better understand the role that child nutrition can play as a catalyst for the achievement of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II). This has confirmed the magnitude of the consequences that child undernutrition can have on health, education and productivity. Most importantly, it has underlined the impact on the national economy and the need for a multi-sectoral policy approach to address the child under nutrition.

The government of the Republic of Malawi is organized an event to launch the results of this study to leverage policy actions across various sectors towards reduction of stunting to realise the country’s national development agenda and vision 2020. 

Cost Of Hunger in Malawi Study Report

 


cAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON COST OF HUNGER STUDY IN N’DJAMENA, CHAD 20TH– 23RD APRIL, 2015

Chad is among the third phase countries (Chad, Kenya, Cameroon, Botswana and Mauritania) and the first to launch the study. The main objective was to initiate the Cost of Hunger study in Chad. This mission proved to be important, particularly as a step in the capacity building component of
the NITS.  Each of the specialists/representatives from the ministry of Economy  and Planning, Health, Education, Statistics and a consult working for the health protocol and costing section had the opportunity to review the inputs and outputs of the model. As a result the data utilized for the
COHA Chad was collected and initial level data processing was undertaken.

Mission report

 

DONORS' BRIEFING ON NUTRITION IN NAIROBI,KENYA-13TH JANUARY 2015 

A donors’ briefing on Nutrition was held in January 13, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya at the African Development Bank’s Regional Bureau. The discussions were led by the results of the Cost of Hunger in Africa study (COHA), an initiative led by the African Union Commission and supported by ECA and WFP.

Donor's Briefing Report

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COST OF HUNGER IN GHANA sTUDY VALIDATION WORKSHOP IN aCCRA, gHANA 16-18TH DECEMBER 2014

Ghana will be the fourth country to complete the study in the 2nd phase group of countries that also includes Rwanda, Malawi and Burkina Faso. The main objective was to validate the preliminary finding results of the Cost of Hunger in Ghana. This mission was carried-out jointly with the regional team and the National Implementation Team of Ghana. 


COST OF HUNGER iN CHAD STUDY INITIATION WORKSHOP IN NDJAMENA CHAD-2-4TH DECEMBER 2014

Chad is among the third phase countries (Chad, Kenya, Cameroon, Botswana and Mauritania) and the first to launch the study. The main objective was to initiate the Cost of Hunger study in Chad. This mission was carried-out jointly with the regional team and the National Implementation Team of Chad.


COST OF HUNGER STUDY VALIDATION WORKSHOP IN MALAWI-23-28TH JUNE 2014

COHA study is currently being implemented in the second phase countries – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and  Rwanda. Malawi is the third country to validate the preliminary findings of the COHA study after Burkina Faso.


COST OF HUNGER STUDY VALIDATION WORKSHOP IN BURKINA FASO-28-30TH APRIL 2014

Burkina  Faso  is  the  first  country  to  complete  the  study  in  the  2nd group of countries  that  also  includes Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda. 


COHA AT THE EXPERTS MEETING IN ABUJA, NIGERIA-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.


LAUNCH OF THE COST OF HUNGER IN AFRICA STUDY REPORT FROM THE FIRST PHASE COUNTRIES IN ABUJA, NIGERIA-28TH MARCH 2014

The first Regional Report of the Cost of Hunger in Africa Study from Egypt, Ethiopia, Swaziland and Uganda jointly produced by AUC, UNECA  and WFP, was launched during the high level panel discussion on Eliminating Stunting.


LAUNCH OF THE COST OF HUNGER IN RWANDA STUDY AT THE THIRD NATIONAL FOOD AND NUTRITION SUMMIT IN KIGALI RWANDA, 18-22ND FEBRUARY 2014

The main objective was to present the  national report of the Cost of Hunger in Rwanda study. This mission was carried-out jointly with the Africa Union Commission, represented by the Commissioner of Social Affairs and the COHA Focal Point at AUC and WFP.


 

Cost of Hunger in Africa, Zimbabwe Validation Workshop - 10 February 20

 

Nutrition Event: "Eradicating Child Undernutrition To Harness Demographic Dividend " - March 20 2017

The African Union Commission (AUC) and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) hosted a lunch event on the margins of the Second Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Health, Population and Drug Control. The event took place at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This event served as a platform to present and discuss various studies which have been key in influencing nutrition decision and policies at the regional and national level, amongst them - Cost of Hunger in Africa Study. It has also created the opportunity to share experiences and learn of policies and programmes and best practices in place from various member states and experts on addressing undernutrition.

The event promoted the theme of the African Union of 2017, and highlighted that ending child under-nutrition in the continent is central to Africa’s sustainable growth, through harnessing the demographic dividend.