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Good nutrition is the cornerstone of good human and economic development. It is regarded as an important category under the African Development Bank’s “Feed Africa” and “Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa” agendas, as specified in High 5s.
Improving nutrition contributes to poverty reduction, improved health and a decrease in mortality rates especially amongst the most vulnerable, such as women and children. The Bank envisages investing more in undernutrition through nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific activities across all of its sectors through partnerships and direct investments.
“The African Leaders must commit to Zero Hunger and ensure nutritional security for their population. This can be achieved only by political will and determination.”
– African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina commits to developing Africa’s “gray matter infrastructure”.
Malnutrition has two dimensions namely undernutrition and overweight/obesity. Undernutrition is further categorized as being underweight, wasting or stunting. Children who are undernourished in the first 1,000 days of their lives – that is from the start of the pregnancy to age two – are exposed to chronic health issues and impaired cognitive development. Unlike being underweight and wasting, the effects of stunting are irreversible and include diminished learning potential, poor scholastic success and ultimately (…)Read more