Why do we need a Zero Hunger Initiative?

While the 15 member countries of ECOWAS have reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 24% in 1991 to 11% in 2012, this means that there are still close to 35 million people suffering from hunger in the region. Many people in the region lack resources and assets to cope with such shocks. Hunger and poverty is the result. We need to break this causality with a bold move: Only ZERO is an acceptable number when it comes to hunger!

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Mon, has launched the Zero Hunger Challenge that proclaims, “hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes”. This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that:

  • every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food;
  • women are empowered;
  • priority is given to family farming;
  • food systems everywhere are sustainable.

To reach these goals in West Africa means, building resilience of the vulnerable population. The Regional Agriculture Investment Plan, the Global Alliance for the Resilience Initiative in the Sahel (AGIR) and all other regional and global efforts of relevance to West African should jointly focus on one paramount goal: Eradicating hunger in the region.

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