[infographic] Humanitarian Aid and Development in Sub-Saharan East Africa - Food Security

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The Aid & International Development Forum has released an infographic that explores humanitarian aid and development in Sub-Saharan East Africa. The data has been broken down into four main areas of focus: food security, refugees, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and mobile for development. Each week one of the areas will be revealed and published on our website. 

The infographic is a timely release for AIDF’s upcoming Aid & Development Africa Summit (2-3 February 2016, United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). At AIDF, we believe that cross-sector collaboration and partnerships across regions are key to more effective aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa. During the two-day summit, international and regional experts will gather to discuss the latest technological innovations, initiatives and best practices providing an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking amongst public, private and civil society stakeholders. For more information about the event and to register, please visit Africa.aidforum.org 

Food Security

Sub-Saharan East Africa has scored one of the lowest regional rankings in the Global Food Security Index, with an overall score that is just two-thirds that of the Asia and Pacific region. With over half of the population living on less than $1.25 PPP and the total number of undernourished people increasing every year to reach 220 million, Ethiopia became one of the largest recipients of emergency food aid, accounting for 16% on average (2005-2014).

A country study focused on South Sudan where 35% of the 11 million population is facing food insecurity. According to the United Nations estimates, it will take $1.6 billion to assist people in need.

Future outlooks project the annual growth in food demand to be 2.91% per year (2000-2030). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $16 million grant to implement the “Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural” (ATONU) project led by the South Africa-based Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). 

Responding to these issues requires innovative solutions and new effective approaches. If you have enjoyed reading this article and found it useful, please help us spread the word. Simply 'Pay with a tweet' by sharing this post.

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