Africa is constantly slipping behind in overcoming the malnutrition challenge. Assessments on achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) reveal that Africa is not improving on the goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health or combating diseases. All these indicators are linked to malnutrition.
Africa has not achieved any significant decrease in anaemia, child blindness and other non-communicable diseases affected by malnutrition of Vitamin A, Iron, Zinc and other nutrients.
Malnutrition statistics reveal that Sub-Saharan Africa still accounts for half the deaths of children under the age of five within the developing world. Undernutrition, a severe form of malnutrition, is still a critical factor in maternal mortality and childhood physical and psychological development.
These factors also affect poverty and economics on the continent. Decreases in labour productivity and creativity, increased health costs and the spill over welfare costs reinforce poverty levels and reduce the entrepreneurial vigour to uplift the African economies.
New ideas, greater and better coordinated efforts are needed to turn the losing trend.
The ABS project offers a novel, significantly large and multi-national effort that aims to support other nutritional initiatives to overcome malnutrition especially Vitamin A, protein, iron and zinc deficiencies in resource poor and marginal areas in Africa.