By Blessing Akombi
Children – and countries – need proper nutrition to grow and develop. Good food does more than keep children alive and well. It also allows them to learn, play, participate and contribute to their world.
But undernutrition, when children don’t get enough nutrient-dense food, remains a major public health problem. This is especially true in many low- and middle-income countries.
Childhood stunting is a situation where undernutrition has left a child too short for his or her age. Stunting in children younger than five can have a long-term effect on physical development, cognitive development, educational performance and economic productivity in adulthood. It affects women’s ability to give birth to normal-weight children. Read more…