Assessing progress in Africa toward the millennium development goals, MDG report 2009
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. African Centre for Statistics;
African Union Commission;
African Development Bank Group;
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The year 2008 was characterized by three defining crises – the food crisis, the fuel crisis, and the global financial and economic crisis – the ripple effects of which are still being felt in 2009 and the aggregate of which is yet to be fully determined. The impact of these crises on poor regions has been severe. The number of poor and hungry people has risen across the developing world, but more acutely in Africa. This number is likely to increase, depending on the severity and duration of the current global economic recession.