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Addis Ababa, 10 September 2015: The African Union Commission (AUC) and HelpAge International have urged African Union Member States to develop and implement policies that protect the rights of older people in Africa. This was during a roundtable meeting on the Role of older persons in achieving Africa's agenda 2063 which took place today 10 September 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the members of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) and other key stakeholders.
Anna Pearson looks at how the global food crisis affects older people in developing countries, and explains how social protection schemes can cushion its effects.
Continuing inflation of international food and oil prices is causing an escalating food crisis in the developing world.
Even before these rises, 854 million people lived in chronic hunger.
Irene Lusiasi, 79, works eight hours a day, six days a week on a coffee plantation in southern Malawi, and also tends her own small plot of land. She has eight orphaned grandchildren to care for and feed.
In a village by the Shire river in Malawi's southern district of Chikwawa, an older woman looks despairingly at her two fields, one of rice and one of maize, wilted and dried in the sun.