National Launch of the first Africa Human Development Report

May 21, 2012

Juba: UNDP South Sudan is hosting the national launch of the first Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future on Tuesday 22 May, from 11h00 to 13h00 at the UNDP Conference Hall. 

This report focuses on food security because without it development will not be possible.  Currently, 218 million people or 1 in 4 Africans are suffering from food insecurity, including 55 million children.  In South Sudan, 4.7 million people are a risk of food insecurity.  Food insecurity is a serious problem that not only devastates families and communities but leaves a legacy with future generations, which impairs livelihoods and undermines human development. 

The Africa Human Development Report presents analysis and findings on the challenges, key indicators and policy recommendations to address food security and human development.  The report argues that interventions focused solely on agriculture will not end food insecurity, but we need new approaches that cross multiple sectors, including rural infrastructure development, strengthening of the health sector, new forms of social protection and a process that empowers local communities and women.

Included in the national launch of the Africa Human Development Report will be a panel discussion with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and representatives from UNDP, the University of Juba and the Ministry of Agriculture.


Date:                     Tuesday 22 May 2012

Time:                     11h00 – 13h00

Location:              UNDP Conference Hall, Juba, South Sudan

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

  • The Honourable Betty Achan Ogwaro, Minister of Agriculture
  • Dr. Billy Berto Madison, Professor of Social and Economic Studies, University of Juba
  • Lise Grande, DSRSG/RC/HC/UNDP RR
  • George Conway, Country Director a.i., UNDP South Sudan
  • Mandisa Mashologu, Team Leader, Poverty & MDG Unit, UNDP South Sudan
  • Representatives from the International development community

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Contact information

For further information, please contact: Marguerite Nowak, Communications Officer, United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan Cell: 095 619 1254

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