UN Urges Africa to ‘Stop Begging for Food’

UN warns that sub-Saharan countries will realise growth unless they eradicate hunger

The United Nations (UN) has warned that sub-Saharan African nations will not be able to sustain their accelerated economic growth unless they eliminate hunger.

In its latest report ‘African Development Report’, the United Nations Development Programme administrator, Helen Clark, points out that many sub-Saharan economies are growing fast but the growth rates have not translated into significant hunger reduction.

The region’s growth, this year expected to be more than five percent, is accelerating faster than the rest of the world excluding China and India, adding that nearly 218 million people on the continent are undernourished and 55 million children are malnourished, a figure that is projected to rise.

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