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 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.
We’re working to strengthen the capacity and coordination of civil society, build evidence on how to better allocate resources for excluded children, give a voice to malnourished children and promote nutrition champions.
We are proud to host the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network, which represents more than 2,000 national, regional and international organisations.
The network is currently composed of 39 national alliances spanning sectors including: farming, human rights, women’s groups, humanitarian agencies, advocacy and research entities, consumer groups and trade unions.