African countries' policies must shift to achieve zero hunger

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Hunger is a daily reality across large parts of Africa. Jon Hrusa/EPA

For the third year in a row hunger is rising across the world. And, as a recent report by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation shows, the situation is worsening in most regions in Africa. Almost 21% of the continent’s population of 1,216 billion is undernourished.

Many factors drive this trend. Among these are rising population growth, conflict and poor governance. Severe weather conditions and climate change also play a role. This leads to food insecurity: a state of deprivation ranging from starvation through severe and constant hunger to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. It’s rooted in poverty and inequalities that deprive people of the right to adequate food to meet their needs.

We reviewed whether the food security plans of 10 countries were aligned with the African Union’s Malabo Biennial Review technical guidelines (which is related to agriculture and food security), the continent’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goal targets. The ten countries were Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.

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Regions lead the localization of the 2030 Agenda for the territorialization of the SDGs

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Regions lead the localization of the 2030 Agenda for the territorialization of the SDGs

The event was introduced by Pablo Farías, Minister of the Santa Fe Provincial Government, representing the Presidency of the UCLG Forum of Regions, who underlined the “centrality of the 2030 Agenda as a challenge for humanity” and highlighted the role of both regions and the network of United Cities and Local Governments to localize this agenda. Gustavo Leone, Secretary of Government of the City of Rosario, Analía Stasi, Coordinator of Inclusive Design of UNDP (United Nations’ Development Programme) in Argentina and Gabriela Agosto, Executive Secretary of the National Council of Coordination for Social Policies representing the Argentinian national government, were present in this inaugural event. Miguel Lifschitz, president of the UCLG Forum of Regions and Governor of the Santa Fe Province, and Sergio Uñac, Governor of San Juan, were the protagonists of a discussion on the localization of the 2030 Agenda in the Argentinian provinces.  

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Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in Africa

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The share of internal trade in Africa remains low, as reflected by official statistics. This is despite numerous regional trade agreements that have led to tariffs removal within the trading blocs. At least in principle.

There are a host of shortcomings that limit trade: non-tariffs barriers, red tape and insufficient infrastructure. Tariff barriers remain high outside areas covered by the agreements. Enhancing trade integration between African countries could yield large economic gains. This idea motivated the latest initiative for integration, the continental free trade area.

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