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Tag: world hunger

May
20th

HUNGER: US should contribute more to fight hunger

World Hunger Day is on May 28, and June 8 is the Nutrition for Growth pledging conference in the United Kingdom. This reminds us of the vital need for solid nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life.

One-fourth of all children under five years old are chronically undernourished, which leads to retarded brain and body development. On World Hunger Day, this one day alone, 6,800 children will die from hunger. This translates to 2.5 million child deaths a year

Many of these deaths are preventable with greater investments in proven, cost-effective nutrition programs. The U.S. invests less than 1

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May
9th

FOREIGN AID: Hunger isn’t just an empty belly

Hunger isn’t just an empty belly thing. Globally, it’s a death sentence for 2.5 million kids annually. And the 165 million more that do survive are damaged physically and cognitively for life. One in four children under the age of five is stunted in this manner.

While the human and economic costs of undernutrition are enormous, the solutions are basic, proven and cost-effective. But between 2009 and 2011, just 0.3 percent of U.S. foreign aid went to basic nutrition. Every $1 invested in nutrition generates as much as $138 in better health and increased productivity. Undernutrition can cost countries up

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