At a recent multi-actor all-Africa conference, a majority of the 500 participants-60 percent-believed that food security can be achieved in Africa by 2020 but only a minority-40 percent-believed that it will be achieved. Their predictions for nutrition security were much grimmer: 44 percent believed that nutrition security can be achieved whereas just 14 percent believed that it will be achieved. Participants at this conference on “Assuring Food and Nutrition Security in Africa: Prioritizing Actions, Strengthening Actors, and Facilitating Partnerships,” which was facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its 2020 Vision Initiative in Kampala on April 1-3, 2004, made it clear that a collective effort to assure political will and commitment at all levels is needed to undertake the necessary actions to end hunger and malnutrition in Africa….In summary, the 2020 Africa Conference concluded that food security is achievable for all Africans by 2020. The more complex goal of nutrition security for all may not be completely achievable by 2020, but it must move higher on the agenda. The road map for the way forward toward ending hunger in Africa is clearly drawn. If the actors are strengthened and work together, then the goal can be reached in this generation.
Prepared for presentation at the High-Level Seminar on "Innovative Approaches to Meet the Hunger MDG in Africa," convened by the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Millennium Project Hunger Task Force, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 5, 2004
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)