A U.N. report warns that sub-Saharan African nations will not be able to sustain their economic growth unless they eliminate hunger.
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UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said Tuesday many sub-Saharan economies are growing fast but the growth rates have not translated into elimination of hunger.
According to the agency's African Development Report, nearly 218 million people on the continent are undernourished and 55 million children are malnourished, a figure that is projected to rise.
The report says food security can be achieved by several means, including boosting agricultural productivity and creating resilience against natural disasters.
The U.K. estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 people died in last year's famine in Somalia and drought in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Djibouti.
SOURCE: The Associated Press