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the developing world and eradicat-
ing poverty and hunger — just as
agricultural-led growth transformed
the lives of a billion people during
the Green Revolution that started
in the late 1960s.
Quality — Not Just Quantity
As Aisha’s story illustrates, the
impact of hunger hits women and
children, who are often the most
vulnerable, hardest. Nearly 200 million children under age
5 are undernourished, and more than 500 million women
are anemic.
Improved nutrition is a critical driver for both economic
growth and poverty reduction. Good nutrition early in life
unlocks human and economic capacity through improved
learning and productivity, and contributes to a robust, ca-
pable work force. It also promotes gender equality and op-
portunities for women and girls, and lessens susceptibility
to deadly diseases.
Mindful of this, Feed the Fu-
ture is working hand-in-glove with
the Global Health Initiative to
identify and strengthen linkages
between agriculture and nutrition.
On a programmatic level, we are
implementing both Feed the Fu-
ture and Global Health Initiative
activities in the same geographic
zones to maximize results.
We support the globally recognized, multi-stakeholder
Scaling Up Nutrition movement and its key interventions,
such as increasing the focus on boosting nutrition, particu-
larly during the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy
and her child’s second birthday — which, research shows,
is the critical period to have a lasting impact on nutritional
outcomes.
In Nepal, for example, we’re working with Save the
Children and several local partners to raise the nutritional
F
OCUS
Nearly a billion
people around the world
experience chronic hunger,
day after day,
all year long.