Namibia will soon conduct a study to determine the level of malnutrition in the country as well as determine the economic and social consequences of hunger, officials said on Friday.

The study is aimed to fight stunting, especially among children under five, under the Combating of Hunger in Africa program.


According to representatives of United Nations agencies in Namibia, hunger in Africa affects mainly pregnant women and lactating mothers as well as children who get stunted.

Launching the initiative, Minister for Economic Planning and National Planning Commission (NPC) Obeth Kandjoze said Namibia is determined to achieve zero-hunger.

He called for a multifaceted approach to ending hunger, stressing the need to invest more in nutrition to cut hunger-related diseases and mortality.

According to a 2013 national survey, 24 percent of Namibians were stunted and the country could only produce 43 percent of the food it consumes.

The study will be jointly funded by the African Union, the New Partnership for Africa Development, and the Economic Commission for Latin American Countries. Enditem


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