We cannot solve poverty without solving malnutrition

Improving nutrition is one of the most effective forms of development aid

Good food

‘Good nutrition gives children the opportunity to survive, grow, develop, learn, play and participate and contribute. Malnutrition, on the other hand, deprives children of their future prospects and condemns young people to a life of insecurity.’ (Unicef/WHO)

According to the World Health Organisation, malnutrition is the most serious threat to public health. Worldwide, 45 percent of child mortality (for children under 5 years) can be attributed to malnutrition.

We help local NGOs to improve the nutritional situation in order to combat growth retardation and anaemia.

Better nutrition leads to better health, especially for children. Good health increases the chance of escaping the poverty trap.

Improving the nutritional situation with local products without supplements

Health professionals base their recommendations on field research into locally available products. The aim is to find a sustainable solution through the use of tailor-made plans aimed at creating healthy habits.

Green, because plant-based food is not only healthier, but also more sustainable

A predominantly plant-based diet is good for health, the environment and is a better choice in dry areas.

Stunting

Stunting (too small for age) results in mental and physical retardation, because the child has not received enough nutrients during the first 1,000 days.

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Wasting

Children who suffer from wasting (too low weight for height) have a weakened immune system. They can suffer from a prolonged developmental delay and have an 11 times higher risk of dying.

 

Overfed & undernourished

Children who are too heavy and at the same time malnourished often suffer from stunting and/or anaemia, while they are overweight or obese.

 

Anaemia

A child with anemia feels tired and weak. Anemia is too low haemoglobin due to malnutrition, especially a shortage of iron, folic acid and vitamin B12.

News

The state of the world’s children 2019

The state of the world’s children 2019

This 2019 edition of The State of the World’s Children (SOWC) examines the issue of children, food and nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge. Despite progress in the past two decades, one third of children under age 5 are...

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The state of food security and nutrition

The state of food security and nutrition

FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2019. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019. Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns. Rome, FAO. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.A flagship FAO publication about the state of food security and nutrition...

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What is stunting?

What is stunting?

Stunting at a young age - especially in the first 1000 days from conception to the age of two years - reduces growth and is detrimental to the functioning of the child. These include poor cognitive and educational performance, low adult wages, productivity loss and,...

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A nice ‘side-effect’ of the improvement in nutrition: expansion of the green garden by disabled young people who are trained as gardeners.