Reactions to the Cost Of Hunger in Africa Study

              Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi of Uganda

              Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi of Uganda

"The Cost of Hunger Study provides us with the evidence-base for building a case for food security, communication, advocacy and policy discourse on nutrition. The study reveals that we can no longer afford to have high prevalence rates of under-nutrition and has given the justification for increasing investment in scaling up nutrition interventions and ensure availability of food and good nutrition.”

Commissioner of Social Affairs, Mustapha Kaloko, AUC

Commissioner of Social Affairs, Mustapha Kaloko, AUC

 “We are talking about demographic dividends. And I can’t think of a better way to starting to earn this dividend – and when we talk about preparing our youth, preparing, our children, [we should think] in terms of nutrition and getting them to the position to eventually become productive members of their community. We will use [COHA] to plan our post 2015 agenda and what we want to achieve.”

 

Carlos Lopes

 

- Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of ECA

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“Like in Latin America, the analysis in Africa shows that —beyond the social and ethical dimensions— undernutrition and its consequences have a major impact on the economies, and this is a warning of how urgently action is needed. Moreover, this study is particularly relevant for ECLAC as a clear example of South-South cooperation and speaks to the importance of sharing experiences, analytical frameworks and methodologies between Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.”

- Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC

 

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"The Cost of Hunger Study in Africa could not have come at a better time, when there is significant attention given to issues of eradicating hunger and malnutrition in order to boost and accelerate development on the continent. To this end, the results of this Cost of Hunger Study are proving pivotal in giving the nutrition and broader development communities the much needed evidence and good arguments to invest in nutrition. This study provides us a unique opportunity to design better evidence based policies and develop effective programmes.

- Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, NEPAD CEO

Elisabeth Rasmusson

“It is compelling data and I am also very pleased to hear the enthusiasm and the interest. This exercise is a strong partnership exercise and it is very encouraging to hear from [partners]. The most important thing here is that we have heard the strong interest from national government, because it is national governments who need to design the policies and need to implement the policies. And that’s where we come in, as supporters.”

- Elisabeth Rasmusson, WFP Assistant Executive Director