Political Indifference Blamed for Rising Child Hunger

Some 60 million children don’t have enough to eat in Africa, with unacceptable and rising levels of hunger standing in sharp contrast to the continent’s economic gains, warns a report from the Addis-Ababa based Africa Child Policy Forum.
It’s not for want of resources. “Child hunger is the offspring of the unholy alliance of political indifference, unaccountable governance and economic mismanagement,” Assefa Bequele, ACPF’s executive director, told Devex.  
The report, released at last week’s International Policy Conference on the African Child in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, calls for an “Africa-wide movement to hold our African governments accountable and end child hunger.” It suggests political and legal commitments to ensure universal access to food for all children, school-feeding programs and increased investment in data collection and analysis, Devex reports.

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