Undps first africa human development report shows that food security and human development reinforce each other if african countries are to realize their long term potential the report says they must boost agricultural productivity to both improve the availability of food and reduce poverty policies to enhance nutrition are central to ensuring that access to food translates into human development the report argues further that local populations must have the resources and decision . Africa human development report 2012 towards a food secure future africa human development report 2012 towards a food secure future united nations development programme regional bureau for africa rba one united nations plaza new york ny 10017 empowered lives wwwundporg resilient nations. Africa human development report 2012 towards a food secure future africa undp no 267636 undp africa reports from united nations development programme undp abstract hunger and starvation in sub saharan africa have lasted too long but africans are not consigned to a lifetime of food insecurity the knowledge technology and resources for closing the food security deficit are available today and breakthroughs will continue to emerge from research and development but no one believes it . The 2012 human development report for africa explores why dehumanising hunger remains pervasive in the region despite abundant agricultural resources a favorable growing climate and rapid economic growth rates it also emphasizes that food security the ability to consistently acquire enough calories and nutrients for a healthy and productive life is essential for human development. This first africa human development report 2012 seeks to look beyond direct causes of food insecurity such as crop failure to highlight the social and political dimensions that are inhibiting progress it argues that policies should be focused on agricultural productivity nutrition resilience and empowerment to unleash a dynamic virtuous cycle leading to food security and human development
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