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Multinational - Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation - Framework Program in Support of “Feed Africa” Paper


More than 160 million Africans (about one in four Africans) are food insecure and malnourished, making Africa the most food-insecure region in the world. More than 32 million African children under five are underweight, of which nearly 10 million are severely underweight, and 14.3 million are wasted, with low weight for their height. Africa’s recent economic gains are at risk if this is allowed to continue. Low agricultural productivity and value addition are at the heart of the malnutrition, employment and income challenges on the continent. The agricultural sector accounts for between 50 and 70%of employment in African countries, but produces only 25% of Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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