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The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) is an African Union Commission (AUC) led initiative through which countries are able to estimate the social and economic impacts of child undernutrition in a given year.
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The Cost of Hunger

The COHA study is a watershed initiative that highlights a new understanding by African governments of child undernutrition as not only a health or social issue, but also as an economic issue. The initiative also highlights the African Union‟s strong leadership in addressing development issues, as well as the collaboration among governments and agencies within the continent.

The COHA study is being carried out in 12 countries, namely Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Rwanda, Swaziland and Uganda. The data in this document are the results collected from the COHA initiative in the four first-phase countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Swaziland and Uganda.

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The Cost of Hunger in Africa

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin delivers a message on the publication in Uganda of The Cost Of Hunger In Africa report, which measures the economic cost of malnutrition in the region for the first time. Uganda was the first country to release its version of the study, which is being conducted in a total of 12 countries across the continent.


The Cost of Hunger

The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Study is a project led by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership of Africa‟s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency and supported by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). COHA is a multi-country study aimed at estimating the economic and social impacts of child undernutrition in Africa.

The core implementers of the study are national teams organized in each participating country, drawn from relevant governmental institutions, such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Finance, and the National Statistics Institution.


Zero Hunger Challenge

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; and food systems everywhere are sustainable and resilient.

The challenge of Zero Hunger means:

  • Zero stunted children less than 2 years
  • 100% access to adequate food all year round
  • All food systems are sustainable
  • 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
  • Zero loss or waste of food


ECA Publications on Hunger in Africa

Click here to link to ECA Resources on Hunger and Africa


Books on Hunger and Food Security @ the ECA Library

Click here to link to books in the ECA Library's collection on Hunger in Africa


Resources on 'Hunger in Africa' from ASKIA

Click here for Access to Scientific and Socio-economic Information in Africa (ASKIA) in order to locate diverse resources on Hunger in Africa


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