UN AND AFRICA: Hunger reduced in Africa, youth employment, Ebola not over yet.

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African farmer. Photo: FAO/Olivier Asselin

• Africa has made progress in cutting the number of hungry people, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its first edition of the Regional Food Insecurity in Africa, FAO says that West Africa in particular made notable strides, reducing the prevalence of undernourishment by 60 per cent. The agency points out that 11 million people have improved their nutrition and food security over the past 25 years.

African economies can benefit from youth employment  

Job seekers in Zimbabwe. ILO Photo/Maillard J.

• Young people can contribute enormously to peace and development in African countries. That's what was said on Monday at the UN General Assembly's High-level event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment. Senior government officials, including ministers attended the meeting in New York. It is estimated that there are 1.8 billion young people around the world and nine out of ten of them are in least developed countries mostly in Africa.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa "not yet over", says UN envoy 

David Nabarro. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

• The deadly Ebola outbreak which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa is not over yet, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Ebola. The number of cases has dropped dramatically but the three most affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are now feeling the economic fall-out. The envoy recently attended a ceremony to mark a contribution of US$ 1 million by Russia to a UN Development Programme multi-partner trust fund to fight Ebola.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10'00"

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