Nutrition in Sub?Saharan Africa: Setting the Stage for a Post?2015 Take?off
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The MDGs have provided opportunities for addressing undernutrition in sub?Saharan Africa. The link between addressing undernutrition and human capital development has been a key message. The African Union (AU) now realises the unique role nutrition plays in Africa's development. The AU's NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) and CAADP (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme) have incorporated nutrition in their programmes. Additionally, 30 October is now commemorated as Africa Food and Nutrition Day. Through the SUN Movement, many African countries have committed to address undernutrition. Moving forward, the momentum for nutrition must be sustained. Commitments made must be reflected in increased resources and effective programmes. Africa must take advantage of ICT (information and communication technology); strengthen democratic structures and empower women to maximise their contribution to development; create safety nets for the vulnerable; and close the inequity gap. Civil society must remind governments of their commitments. Sub?Saharan Africa must take advantage of this favourable environment and put the continent on an accelerated course of action.