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Launch of the first Africa Human Development Report 2012 / “Towards a Food Secure Future”

By United Nations Development Programme (PNUD)
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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- On Tuesday 15 May 2012, the United Nations Development Programme will launch the first Africa Human Development Report.

Despite recent economic growth and plentiful natural resources, sub-Saharan Africa remains the world's most food insecure region. The Report, “Towards a Food Secure Future,” explores the paradox of why hunger continues to be so prevalent on the continent, and argues that human development in sub-Saharan Africa can only be fully realized when there is food security for all.

Noting that this issue goes beyond agriculture, the report explores the interlocking themes of agricultural productivity, nutrition, resilience and empowerment through the powerful prism of human development.

This report comes just days ahead of the G8's 2012 Summit at Camp David in Maryland, USA to which African leaders are invited to discuss food security on the continent.

The global launch of the report will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, with the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki and UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark. The Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Africa, Tegegnework Gettu will present the report's findings.

What: Launch of the Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future

When: Tuesday, 15 May 2012, at 11:00 am

Where: United Nations Complex, Gigiri

Who: H.E. Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya

Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP

Tegegnework Gettu, Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa

*There will be a press conference with Helen Clark and Tegegnework Gettu at the UNON Press Centre at 12:45 pm.

*For media accreditation, please send your name and that of your media outlet to [email protected] Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 10:00 am, and must carry valid forms of identification.

Simultaneous launches will also take place in Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lusaka, Zambia. A launch will take place in Niamey, Niger on 18 May.