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The West Africa region leads the continent in progress toward reducing the number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Despite rapid population growth across the region and recurrent droughts in the Sahel, West Africa has reduced the prevalence of undernourishment by 60% over the last two decades, from 24.2% in 1990-92 to 9.6% in 2014-16. Ghana and Mali have achieved both the Millennium Development Goal target of cutting in half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and the World Food Summit target of halving the absolute number of undernourished people by 2015. According to the FAO, the stark difference between Western Africa and other sub-regions may reside in advances in implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) with the Regional Agricultural Policy, Environmental Policy, Water Resource Policy, and Regional Investment Plan through several regional and national programmes and projects. West African regional organisations (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS) have invested extensively in building regional institutions and human capacities for agricultural development in the sub-region, particularly with respect to food security monitoring and risk mitigation. The Food Crisis Prevention Network  (RPCA), co-managed by CILSS and SWAC, has become the region’s reference platform for dialogue on food and nutrition security under the political leadership of ECOWAS and UEMOA. > download the map


  Drawing on data produced within WAF 2011-12: Settlement, Market & Food Security, this interactive tool allows users to map, graph and compare 40 indicators for 17 West African countries and eight sub-regional groupings.‌ 

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