Good nutrition is the difference between a child surviving or thriving.

The world has made progress in addressing undernutrition. But progress has not been fast enough or inclusive enough.

The failure to provide children with adequate nutrition, especially in the first 1,000 days after conception, throws away human potential that cannot be recovered.

Each year, 3.1 million children die due to undernutrition and nearly a quarter of all children under five – that’s 155 million children — are stunted.

By 2030 it’s forecast there will be 129 million chronically malnourished children and the target to end malnutrition for all will have been missed by some distance.

Furthermore, there are 42 million overweight under-fives in the world today — 10 million more than two decades ago.

We are advocating for significantly better nutrition for the most vulnerable children.

Our priorities for 2019 are:

  • sufficient funding for nutrition
  • better coordination and understanding of policies to tackle malnutrition
  • increased accountability for action on nutrition
  • improvements in newborn and infant nutrition, including through the promotion of breastfeeding.

Esther with her son, Blessings, 16 months, live in Northern Malawi.Esther is a beneficiary of the Scaling Up Nutrition project in Northern Malawi. She has one other 11 year-old child. Thanks to the nutrition project, she has a backyard garden providing fresh produce and where she also rears pigeons, chickens and goats.