From commitment to action to end hunger and undernutrition in Africa by 2025

African leaders are committed to ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025—goals included in the Malabo Declaration, which was adopted in 2013. Yet despite laudable commitments, hunger is on the rise and undernutrition persists in Africa. To transform commitments to action, leadership, accountability, and setting priorities will be key. This was my message to the African Union Commission at the High-level Side Event on “Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in Africa by 2025—Five Years Later” last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

To sustain and transform commitments into actions, leadership must be supported by accountability mechanisms. The peer review mechanism undertaken by African leaders has produced positive results, but they must be supported by reliable and timely data. Moreover, African countries must fulfill its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) commitments to allocate 10 percent of national budget on agriculture. In particular, these countries should increase investment in agricultural research and development (R&D) to produce more nutrition with less resources and work with HarvestPlus to include biofortification in national agricultural and nutrition plans, as is happening in twelve African countries already.

IFPRI will continue to support CAADP and the biennial review of the Malabo declaration with data, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation through ReSAKSS. Furthermore, IFPRI’s Compact2025 initiative will continue to work in African countries and beyond to accelerate progress for ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025.