Hidden hunger is caused by a lack of nutritious food and results in insufficient essential vitamins and minerals being absorbed into the body. It can have long-term, irreversible health effects as well as socioeconomic consequences that can erode a person's well-being and development. By affecting people's productivity, it can also take a toll on countries' economies...
That said, we have to remember that while money is necessary, it is not sufficient on it's own to tackle undernutrition. Last year was also an opportunity to share best practices, learn from each others successes and share new innovations that could bolster nutrition efforts.
In the immediate aftermath of the genocide it was hard for me, as a young accountant volunteering with Concern Worldwide in East Africa, to imagine that Rwanda would ever achieve the level of peace, stability and economic recovery that it has today.
What does it mean at the village level when researchers, business, UN agencies, civil society and other sectors collaborate to reduce micronutrient deficiency? It means fewer children falling sick. Fewer adults too fatigued to work. Fewer mothers dying in childbirth.
People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.
Thursday morning 7.00am Alarm goes off... snooze 7.18am Alarm goes off for the second time... probably time to get up 7.20am
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) exclusive breastfeeding rates have stagnated, with less than 40% of infants under six months of age being exclusively breastfed.
A new study this week shows that better access to clean water and adequate hygiene practices in developing countries can help reduce the effects of poor height growth in children, or stunting, caused by poor nutrition.