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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.

FAB RESEARCH COMMENT:

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:

http://www.scalingupnutrition.org/

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.