Nearly all African countries improved levels of child nutrition between 2000 and 2015 but disparities persist across and within countries according to researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation—at current rates, no country will meet the Sustainable Development Goal target to end malnutrition by 2030. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, responded to the study calling on African leaders to invest in data to target resources, develop policies, and track progress in nutrition interventions for accountability. IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Purnima Menon reflected on the need to create precise public health and development interventions that address the inequalities highlighted through the study’s precision geospatial analysis.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- The World Bank, the Power of Nutrition, and the Global Financing Facility have committed US$55 million to the Rwanda Stunting Prevention and Reduction Project.
- IFPRI Food Policy Report on agriculture, food security, and nutrition in Malawi explores how the country can better leverage its smallholder agriculture sector to improve nutrition.
- The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host the Global Food Security Symposium 2018 in Washington, D.C., on March 21 and 22, with a focus on “Youth for Growth.”