Nourishing the Future: Good Nutrition Key to Growth
Good nutrition builds the foundation for a healthy future, and progress starts with both a nutritious diet and a healthy environment. Investing in nutrition is one of the most powerful commitments we can make—studies show that it has a return of up to $35 for every $1 invested.
And although we’re making progress against malnutrition, 155 million children under the age of 5 still suffer from stunting worldwide.
Inadequate nutrition remains a critical challenge for many countries, and it has profound effects on families and communities. It takes a toll on entire economies as they struggle with lost productivity, chronic illnesses and rising health costs. Together with our partners, Feed the Future works to tackle the root causes of malnutrition and help children and families everywhere get the nutrition they need to thrive.
To deliver the biggest impact, Feed the Future helps families grow and store nutrient-rich food and uses the latest science to develop heartier crop and livestock varieties that can hold up to changing weather conditions. But nutrition is about more than that. It also requires safe drinking water, good nutrition habits and proper hygiene such as the use of latrines and handwashing practices. This holistic approach is vital to progress.
In collaboration with the private sector, civil society, committed governments and other partners, we can continue making strides against malnutrition.
To learn more about the state of nutrition across the world, check out the 2017 Global Nutrition Report, and read on to learn more about how Feed the Future invests in nutrition to support resilient families and communities.