Prevalence of stunting

Published : November 2020

Nearly 20 million children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition. While the prevalence rate has decreased in some countries, the absolute number of stunted children has increased more than anywhere else in the world. About one-third of adolescent girls have their first baby before the age of 18, and about half of them suffer from anaemia. Early marriage and the high number of pregnancies contribute to increasing the malnutrition that is transmitted from generation to generation. Other forms of malnutrition (overweight, obesity, diet-related non-communicable diseases) are amplifying existing challenges. Malnutrition is a chronic situation in the region, which requires interventions addressing the structural causes. In the Banjul Declaration (December 2018), RPCA members call for a strong mobilisation of all stakeholders to take long-term measures to reverse negative and destructive nutritional trends, based on a strong focus on prevention, multi-sectoral and community-level approaches and sustainable financing for nutrition. Acute and chronic malnutrition need to be tackled simultanously.

Countries : Region

Themes : Agriculture & Value chains, Children & Youth, Nutrition, Health

Scale : Regional (West Africa)

Langs : English

See also

Sahel and West Africa: 11.4 million acutely food-insecure people


Sahel and West Africa: 17 million acutely food-insecure people


Food and nutrition security outlook 2020


Prevalence of severe food insecurity


Food insecurity in northeast Nigeria