Invest in Nutrition

Malnutrition is a driver of poverty and inequality and affects nearly every country in the world. Yet it is young children who are most harmed by malnutrition. Nearly half of deaths of children under age five are attributable to malnutrition. An estimated 156 million children under age five are developmentally stunted as a result of chronic undernourishment, with another 51 million suffering the ravages of acute malnutrition. And increasingly, obesity is robbing children of their future health and well-being—in the next decade, it is estimated that over 70 million infants and young children will be affected by overweight and obesity, the vast majority of them living in lower and middle countries.   All of these malnourished children represent a staggering loss of human and economic potential. Likewise, investing in good nutrition can save lives and grow economies: for every $1 spent by donors on basic nutrition programs, $16 is returned to the local economy.   In the last few years, world leaders have begun to prioritize nutrition. 194 countries at the 2012 World Health Assembly agreed to the first-ever set of global nutrition targets while world leaders committed to a target to end “all forms of malnutrition” by 2030 as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.   Reaching these targets requires a scale up in global investment in nutrition. Nutrition for Growth is an opportunity for countries and other partners to make specific, measurable commitments toward achieving these targets and putting the world on a path to greater prosperity.
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Ending Malnutrition

What it will take
An investment of $7 billion per year is needed from donors and governments to reach the global targets to reduce stunting, wasting, anemia in women, and exclusive breastfeeding.  
It’s time to scale-up
Nutrition programs are woefully underfunded. Spending on high-impact life-saving nutrition investments account for only 1% of global development assistance despite the fact that malnutrition contributes to 45% of all deaths of children under age five.
Return on Investment
Improving nutrition during the critical 1,000 day window between pregnancy and a child’s 2nd birthday is one of the best investments donors and countries can make to ensure brighter, more prosperous futures.
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