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A new report shows that no country Africa will meet goals set to end childhood malnutrition the year 2030. That target was set the United Nations 2015 as a Sustainable Development Goal. The UN adopted a set goals, "to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity all as part a new sustainable development agenda". The new report is published the journal Nature. It identifies poor child nutrition and low levels education across 51 African countries. These were key factors countries battling to provide children with sufficient food. Researcher Simon Hay said the goal ending childhood malnutrition was always "aspirational" target. He said: "This aspiration is very, very far ."

There was some good news the report. It highlighted the fact that many African nations, including Ghana and Nigeria, have shown signs improvement in childhood development since the year 2000. However, it is a different story countries like Chad, Central African Republic and Eritrea. The report indicates that malnutrition remained "persistently high" 14 countries between Senegal the west and Somalia the east. Many of these countries have experienced war, famine and mass migration, all of which have put massive strains health and agriculture. One researcher said considerable investment was needed health and infrastructure order to address "serious inequalities".

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