Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future


The 2012 Human Development Report for Africa explores why dehumanising hunger remains pervasive in the region, despite abundant agricultural resources, a favourable growing climate and rapid economic growth rates. It also emphasises that food security – the ability to consistently acquire enough calories and nutrients for a healthy and productive life – is essential for human development.

Author: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Publisher: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Year: 2012

ISBN: 9789211263428

Pages: 190

Country of Origin: USA

Keywords: Africa, Human Development, Hunger, Food, Facts, Online resource, Sustainable Development, Statistics, UNDP

Target Audience: 12-15 Years 16+ years Adult and Community Settings Junior Cycle Senior Cycle Transition Year Youth Groups

Available Formats: Policy Document Report Research Document

Tags: Africa Campaigns Country Profiles Economics Farming Food Justice Statistics

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Length: 176 pages (Summary: 12 pages)

The report argues that in order to boost food security, action needs to be taken in these 4 key areas:

  • Agricultural productivity (increasing this in sustainable ways can bolster food production and economic opportunities, thereby improving food availability and increasing purchasing power)
  • Nutrition
  • Access to food
  • Empowerment of the rural poor – especially women, and harnessing the power of information, innovation and markets can promote equitable allocation of food and resources within families and across communities.

Further Reading

  • See the UNDP website for a number of other Human Development Reports (current and previous)
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