Mozambique: Expert bemoans food security challenges in Africa

Chimoio, Mozambique (PANA) - A UN official has bemoaned food security challenges in Africa saying that countries on the continent are still struggling to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable people.

The World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in Mozambique, Abdoulaye Baldé, told PANA on Tuesday in Chimoio that robust economic growth in several African nations had seen some progress towards poverty reduction.

However, a large number of children were still suffering from chronic malnutrition, he noted.

While referring to the current situation in Mozambique, Baldé said that the absence of nutritious foods to mitigate the nutritional challenges of AIDS was currently causing several patients who were starting care and treatment regimes to succumb to the double burden of disease and malnutrition before drugs could have any benefit.

Among other main causes of food and nutrition insecurity in Mozambique were low purchasing power, poor and monotonous diet as well as traditions and cultural beliefs that lead to inadequate feeding and caring practices.

Following the imminent worsening of the food security situation, Rwanda as well as Mozambique were among African countries chosen to benefit from the new initiative called      "Feed the Future" that is being run by the United States Government as part of global efforts to address the global food security.

Since its launch in 2010 by the United States government to address global hunger and food insecurity, the "Feed the Future" initiative had contributed to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations to shocks, particularly in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel from a total disbursements level which was estimated at US$2.2 billions by December 2013, according to the latest official report.

But despite all these global efforts, some countries in sub-Saharan African region were still far from reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015, it said.
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09 december 2014 21:05:32

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