African scientists have been urged to carry out research on the contribution that nutrition makes towards development. This call was made by African Union’s Commissioner for Social Affairs, Mustapha Kaloko, at a symposium on Sustainable Indigenous African Diets for Food and Nutrition Security. Speaking during the openingMonday in Kinshasa, Congo, Kaloko disclosed that nutrition related challenges such as stunting and chronic malnutrition affect over 25 million people in Africa.
While noting that majority of victims are children, the AU commissioner said proper nutrition is a public good that enables children to be healthy. Kaloko said despite significant progress made in ensuring proper nutrition for children, “challenges remain throughout the world.” He added that not more research has been done in Africa showing the contribution that Nutrition makes towards development. “Evidence shows that the problem of food and nutrition in Africa has not been critically analysed.”
While calling on African scientists to come up with more research on nutrition Kaloko said AU intends u sing results to make evidence based advocacy. “The evidence shall also guide policy making and implementation during the review of the Africa Regional nutrition strategy.” He added that there is need to generate more indigenous data in Africa so as to avoid the current situation where Africa rely on imported statistics.