13 September 2016. Pretoria, South Africa. The New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordination Agency (NEPAD Agency), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), and the Pardee Center for International Futures launched the NEPAD PARDEE Zero Hunger Report.
- Moderator /Welcome remarks: Dr Jakkie Cilliers Head, African Futures & Innovations, ISS
- Keynote remarks: Eliminating Hunger – An imperative for Africa: Mr Jay Naidoo, GAIN
- Presentation of the Report: Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD Agency
- Dr Lindiwe Sibanda, FARNPAN
- Mr Chris Nikoi, Regional Director, WFP, Johannesburg
- Prof Tsakani Ngomane, Policy Research and Analysis, SA Presidency
The “Ending Hunger in Africa by 2025 – Conditions for Success” study confirms that current
development trajectories does not put Africa on course to realising Agenda 2063 target to “zero hunger by 2025”; undernourished populations will fall from 17% in 2015 to about 12% in 2025; in the same period, Africa’s food import dependence will rise from 14% of total demand to 25%. The Study presents new evidence-based perspectives on key conditions for success and what would be the greatest levers for Africa to achieve zero hunger by 2025. To achieve the levels of calorie consumption required in a zero-hunger scenario, food demand should increase by at least 47% on 2015 demand levels; this implies increasing production by 61% above the 2015 levels.
The study helps to put in perspective the magnitude of the task “to zero hunger by 2025” while highlighting the major levers in policies, investments, technologies as well as human and institutional capacities necessary to sustain desired levels of supply and demand-access to food. This is not a sector issue; it will require comprehensive and integrated interventions to raise significantly the demand-access and production-supply of quality food. Actual success pathways will be national-regional specific. Hence, the study outcomes provides evidence-based analytical input to national and regional processes to identify integrated and transformative options within local context.
The NEPAD Agency and the Pardee Center are pleased to put this study report in the hands of Governments and regional bodies and policy analysts to stimulate, inform and possibly guide national level critical analysis and determination of national pathways that will work to eliminate hunger and food insecurity by 2025.