Achieving a nutrition revolution for Africa: The road to healthier diets and optimal nutrition

Namukolo Covic, ed., Sheryl L. Hendriks, ed.
resakss annual trends and outlook report

Focusing the 2015 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) on nutrition will contribute to a broader understanding of the critical role of nutrition in achieving international, continental, and national economic growth targets through agriculture, food security, and nutrition. This report presents information and analysis in support of evidence-based policy making that should inform the second generation of CAADP national investment plans now being developed. This is an important moment for shaping the region’s future and ensuring that the much-needed agriculture-led growth and development agenda can simultaneously deliver on improving nutrition, saving lives, improving productivity and health, and curbing nutrition-related diseases and the associated public health expenditures. These investment plans should address not only the usual elements of undernutrition but also widespread micronutrient deficiencies (termed “hidden hunger”) and the growing problem of overweight and obesity that is associated with economic growth.

1 introduction
2 The African union policy environment toward enabling action for nutrition in Africa
3 Africa’s progress toward meeting current nutrition targets
4 Economic development and nutrition transition in Ghana: taking stock of food consumption patterns and trends
5 Making African agriculture and food systems work for nutrition: what has been done, and what needs to be done?
6 Lessons learned from the evaluation of Helen Keller International’s enhanced homestead food production program
7 The role of biofortification as part of more diverse diets in Africa: progress, challenges, and opportunities
8 The role of mycotoxin contamination in nutrition: the aflatoxin story
9 The challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned in evidence-informed decision making in Africa
10 Evaluating nutrition-sensitive programs: challenges, methods, and opportunities
11 Supporting multisectoral action: capacity and nutrition leadership challenges facing Africa
12 Tracking key CAADP indicators and implementation processes
13 Summary and policy recommendations: toward a nutrition revolution for Africa