Gambia launches Cost of Hunger in Africa study report

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Gambia has joined the rest of Africa in taking up the responsibility and grounding-breaking study on impact of child undernutrition.

The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study report is a pan-African initiative, led by the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. It is supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for latin America and the Caribbean and the United Nations World Food Programme.

Gambia’s vice president, Dr Isatou Touray Monday led the lunch of the report  at the Kairaba beach hotel in Senegambia, organised by FAO Gambia office and partners.

Vice president Touray told the gathering that Gambia is among the first 26 countries globally, to validate the COHA finding. She said about 20 of those countries are in Africa.

According to her, Gambia had immediately request for the office of the vice president to be part of the study when it was informed about it in June 2018.

The vice president assured partners that her office and the government will continue to provide financial support to nutritional intervention in the country.

Wanja Kaaria, representative of World Food program and Malang Fofana of National Nutrition Agency gave a presentation on the COHA Gambia report.

Bakary Sanyang, governor of west coast region believes that the study will have great impact on the welfare of the children undernutrition.

Governor Sanyang explained that the study was conducted by almost all the African Union member states in 2014, but it was lunched by Gambia in December 2018.

He said as builders build strong foundation to put a safe and strong structure, so as Gambia government need strong and healthy children to prepare them for a tough and challenging nation building

Story written by Isatou Tamba

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