Malnutrition is a leading cause of death of young children throughout the world. For children under the age of two, the consequences of malnutrition are particularly severe and often irreversible. It is essential that children consume nutritious food from birth. In fact, the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are the most crucial for determining their development.
Nutrition-specific interventions are among the most impactful investments, particularly for women, adolescents and children. This is because limited access to health and nutrition at critical stages of life (including the early years, adolescence and pregnancy) can have lifelong consequences. It can continue cycles of intergenerational poverty and hold back women and girls from realizing their full potential.