Current state of nutrition in West Africa and projections to 2030

Pierre Failler, Flora Chadare*, Marius Affonfere, Edmond Sacla Aide, F. T. Kevin Fassinou, K. Valerie Salako, Kingsley Pereko, Elhadj Deme, Romain Glele Kakai, Achille Assogbadjo

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The rapid growth of the human population in West Africa makes malnutrition a pressing issue. This paper highlights the foreseen nutritional issues in West Africa by 2030. Data were extracted from the FAOSTAT 2019 database and national nutritional reports. Countries were clustered based on the prevalence of different forms of malnutrition. The trends of the different forms of malnutrition were used to estimate nutritional issues in West Africa by 2030 for each country. Four clusters of countries were identified based on malnutrition indicators. These clusters are different in terms of the prevalence of childhood overweight (cluster 1), stunting (cluster 2), anemia (cluster 3) and wasting (cluster 4). Overall, most countries are not on track in meeting global targets of addressing malnutrition by 2030, especially for anemias.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100602
Number of pages8
JournalGlobal Food Security
Early online date20 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


  • stunting
  • wasting
  • anemia
  • overweight
  • nutritional trends


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