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13 Aug 2012 - How improving children's diets can aid development

By Anthony Lake & Jakaya Kikwete

Early malnutrition can blight a child's development - and also that of their community and nation, say Anthony Lake. director of Unicef and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania.


The Scaling Up Nutrition movement is for all countries whose populations experience under-nutrition and for all stakeholders committed to providing support. Over 1 billion people in the world today are under-nourished. Proven solutions are available and are ready to be scaled up. SUN brings together over 100 organizations and governments committed to work together to fight hunger and under-nutrition.

Read about 'Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)' here:

They say a new initiative called Scaling Up Nutrition - backed by the G8 - is crucially important.

The foundation of a healthy future for every child is the 1,000 days between a mother's pregnancy and her child's second birthday.

The right nutrition during this critical period puts a child on track to be stronger, healthier and ready to learn.

Well-nourished children grow to be adults that can earn to their potential and contribute to the economic and social development of their families, communities and nations - building a strong foundation for a better world.

It is caused by chronic nutritional deficiencies during that 1,000 day window of opportunity.