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Africa human development report 2012: towards a food secure future

This report by the United Nations Human Development Programme explores why hunger remains pervasive in Africa, despite abundant agricultural resources, a favourable growing climate and rapid economic growth rates. It also emphasises that food security is essential for human development. The report argues that to boost food security action is needed in four interrelated areas: agricultural productivity, nutrition, access to food and empowerment of the rural poor. Empowering the rural poor – especially women – and harnessing the power of information, innovation and markets can promote equitable allocation of food and resources within families and across communities. The report highlights that although women are significant food producers their control of land in sub-Saharan Africa is less than in any other region in the world.