In 2025, 40 million African children could starve


African children starvationAccording to a recent report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the number of hungry children in Africa will increase by 3.3 million by 2025.

As reported, the disaster will really happen if current policies and investment trends continue. IFPRI data sees if this trend continues, child malnutrition in Africa is expected to grow from 38.6 million in 2025 reaching 41.9 million.

Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Burkina Faso, Niger, Somalia, and Sudan, will experience a sharp increase, but West and North Africa will experience a decline of 2.3 million hungry children. Hunger can be caused by several factors, including poor governance, inadequate infrastructure, limited access to markets, and the lack of contribution of the African agricultural sector.

To combat hunger, enforcement policies and increased investments targeted to these areas can strengthen food security and reduce child malnutrition significantly across the continent. Investment for rural roads, information technology and communications, such as telephone and Internet, the market could grow to be more efficient and increase the productivity of farmers.

IFPRI reports also forecast the impact of policies on improvement and increased investment, which is considered able to reduce the number of starvation in children in Africa to 9.4 million in 2025. If the policies and investments are placed in the proper portions, then it can spur agricultural productivity, economic growth, reduce the rate of population growth, increasing access to education, health and clean water.